Peres secures release of Shahori

Israeli biker who inadvertently crossed border armed returns home.

By JPOST.COM STAFF,
April 28, 2010 01:36
Soldiers stand watch on the Egyptian border.

egyptian border 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
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Egypt released Sagi Shahori Tuesday night, four days after the Israeli accidentally crossed the border on his motorcycle last week, following intense efforts throughout the week by government and IDF officials.

Shahori's release was secured by the intervention of President Shimon Peres, Israel Radio reported.

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Shahori, 36, from Kadesh Barnea (Nitzanei Sinai), was reportedly found in possession of a handgun by Egyptian security forces on the wrong side of the border.

The fact he was armed significantly prolonged efforts to secure his return.

Upon his return, Shahori said "I want to thank all the people that helped me."

In a related development, a 44-year-old man with a mental disability swam across the Red Sea into Egypt. The man is said to have done this before.

Shahori had been taken for questioning by Egyptian security forces in El-Arish in northern Sinai.

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