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Egyptian state security services have relaunched their investigation into
alleged Israeli spy, Ilan Grapel, after replacing the suspect’s previous
attorney who resigned last week, the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram reported on
In addition, Al-Ahram reported that sources within Egypt have
denied any validity to a report in the Egyptian daily Al-Akhbar on Sunday that
claimed Israel had offered to release three Egyptian citizens in exchange for
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Egyptian Attorney-General Hisham Bedri has granted the
27-year-old New York native the right to contact his family in the United
reported – adding that he spoke with his loved ones for 51
minutes while in the presence of a state official.
The newspaper stated
that Grapel told his family that he had not been harmed by Egyptian authorities,
that his arrest was carried out legally and that his investigation is being
carried out according to Egyptian law. Grapel also reportedly told his family
that he is being provided with everything he asks for.Al-Ahram
that Egyptian authorities are adhering to human rights regulations in their
handling of Grapel, and that the prisoner is being provided with an attorney at
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.