Report: Tarabin exchange deal could be signed 'in hours'

May 12, 2012 10:05

Negotiations for prisoner-exchange deal that would see some 63 Egyptians imprisoned in Israel freed for the return of Israeli Beduin Ouda Tarabin were in their final stages Saturday morning, according to Egyptian media.

The negotiations could be completed within hours, Egyptian-state newspaper Al-Ahram's online edition reported, citing Egyptian parliamentarians.Tarabin, 31, has been held in Egypt since 1999, when he was sentenced in absentia under the country’s Emergency Law to 15 years in prison for espionage.

Oren Kessler contributed to this report.

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