An Egyptian engineer who was serving 15 years in prison for spying for Israel died in his cell in Cairo, a security official said on Monday.
Jail wardens found Shereef Fawzi Mohammed el-Filali, 41, dead in his cell in Torah prison when they went to wake him early Monday morning, the security official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
Prison doctors determined that el-Filali died of heart failure, and his family was asked to come collect his body, according to the official.
In March 2002, a state security court convicted el-Filali of spying for Israel and sentenced him to 15 years in prison with hard labor.
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