Official: Egypt gov't has no intention of releasing Grapel

October 5, 2011 09:47

An Egyptian official said on Wednesday morning that the Egyptian government had no intention of releasing accused spy Ilan Grapel during a visit by US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Army Radio reported. Grapel, a 27-year-old US-Israeli dual citizen, was detained in June on charges of spying for Israel.

The denial came as Egyptian media sources speculated Tuesday that Israel may release a number of Egyptian prisoners in exchange for the release of Grapel, A-Shams reported. That report could not be confirmed, however.

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