Egyptian soldiers keep guard in Sinai 370.
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A court trial investigating an Israeli network of nine alleged spies – three Egyptians and six Israelis - began on Wednesday in north Sinai, but was postponed until March for security reasons.
The file is known as the “Ovadia” case, named after the person leading the spy network, Danny Ovadia, reported the Egyptian newspaper Al-Youm al-Sabaa.
Six of the suspects are Israeli citizens, two of which are Israeli Arabs and the other four are suspected military intelligence officers, the report alleged.
Some of the suspects, including the Israelis, are being tried in absentia.
The Egyptian newspaper published details of an Egyptian intelligence report on the spy network that will be used as evidence in the trial.
According to the report, four Israeli military intelligence officers recruited the main suspect, Ibrahim, through his father-in-law, Abdullah Salim who fled to Israel.
Ibrahim reportedly began spying for Israel in October 2009, sending information to Israeli intelligence officer Danny Ovadia, who was known as “Abu Akram”. He sent information related to the security situation and living conditions of the Beduin in Rafah and their smuggling of weapons in the border region.
The intelligence report also claimed that Israel used 36 stations to recruit young spies, who would send Israel information about the positioning of Egyptian forces and the chaotic situation in Sinai.