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The investigation of alleged Mossad spy Ilan Grapel was renewed in Egypt
on Monday after the dual Israeli-US citizen was appointed a new defense
attorney following the resignation of his previous lawyer, the website
for Egyptian daily Al-Ahram reported on Tuesday.
According to the report, the investigation into espionage
allegations against Grapel had been suspended for four days while the
issue of his legal presentation was organized.
Legal experts: Ilan Grapel fortunate to be US
Grapel was allowed by Egyptian
authorities to contact his parents in the United States for the second
time, according to the report. Al-Ahram reported that Grapel held a 51-minute
telephone conversation with his parents in which he told them that he
had not been harmed and was being treated humanely by Egyptian
Al-Ahram quoted Egyptian sources as denying the truth of a Sunday report in Egyptian daily Al-Akhbar
stated that Israel and Egypt were discussing a prisoner exchange deal
report said that Israel was pursuing a prisoner exchange for the
alleged spy, and had offered to release three Egyptians recently
arrested in Israel in exchange for the 27-year-old American-Israeli dual
Grapel was arrested by Egyptian state security officers at
downtown Cairo hotel just over a week ago for allegedly spying for
His family, friends, and
the Israeli government have all denied that he was working as an
espionage agent in Egypt.