(photo credit: Channel 10 News)
on Saturday extended by 15 days the remand of accused Israeli spy Ilan
Grapel, Army Radio reported. Egyptian security forces were continuing
their interrogation of Grapel.The
report added that Grapel told officials at Cairo's airport that he was a
reporter and stayed with other journalists in downtown Cairo in a hotel
overlooking Tahrir square.
A report in the Egyptian daily Al-Masri Al-Youm on Wednesday said that Grapel had undergone his eighth interrogation on Tuesday, speaking to investigators in fluent Arabic without the need for an interpreter.
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Investigation of ‘Israeli spy’ Ilan Grapel resumes in Egypt
According to the report, an Egyptian legal source said that Grapel had arrived in Egypt as early as January 28th and was a permanent fixture at Cairo's Tahrir square, the heart of the revolution.
Grapel was arrested at his downtown Cairo hotel by Egyptian
state security officers last Sunday on suspicion of working for Israeli
intelligence to foment sectarian strife and gather intelligence on
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.