'Egypt ambassador: No developments in Grapel case'

At UAL-Ta'al Iftar event, ambassador says accused Israeli spy is in good hands, says he trusts Egyptian legal system to deal with the matter.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 16, 2011 11:06
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Ilan Grapel in an interview to Channel 10 in 2006

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There have been no new developments in the case of accused Israeli spy Ilan Grapel, Egyptian Ambassador to Israel Yasser Rida said on Monday according to an Israel Radio report.

Grapel, the ambassador said at a UAL-Ta'al party-organized Iftar dinner breaking the Ramadan fast, is in "good hands," according to the report. The case, he added, is currently in the Egyptian legal system and said he trusts it to properly deal with the matter.

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There have been no new developments in the case of accused Israeli spy Ilan Grapel, Egyptian Ambassadir to Israel Yasser Rida said on Monday, Israel Radio reported.

Grapel, the ambassador said at a UAL-Ta'al party-organized Iftar dinner breaking the Ramadan fast, is in "good hands," according to the report. The case, he added, is currently in the Egyptian legal system and said he trusts it to properly deal with the matter.

Grapel was arrested at his downtown Cairo hotel by Egyptian state security officers in June on suspicion of working for Israeli intelligence to foment sectarian strife and gather intelligence on post-revolution Egypt.

The Emory University Law student, and dual Israeli-American citizen, traveled to Egypt this summer as part of his work for a charity helping African refugees.

His family, friends and the Israeli government have categorically denied that he was working as a spy in Egypt.

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