Report: Egypt arrests man for spying for Israel

June 17, 2013 10:50

Egyptian security forces detained an Egyptian man suspected of spying for Israel, according to a report by the state news agency on Saturday.

The suspect is believed to have been recruited by the Mossad in 2011. The state security prosecutor ordered the man to be held for 15 days pending investigation.The Egyptian daily Al- Ahram reported that the man gave Israel important information about Egypt. It also said that the Egyptian General Intelligence Service monitored his movements and that he met with the Mossad in several countries. Communication equipment was seized from the accused spy, which he allegedly used to communicate with the Mossad.

A spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry said he was not familiar with the report.

Israel Radio reports that there are six other Israeli nationals currently jailed in Egypt on charges of espionage, weapons smuggling and illegal entry into the country. Four of them have already been given prison terms ranging from two years to life, while two others are in detention until the completion of their trial.

Jerusalem Post staff and Reuters contributed to this report.

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