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An Israeli and a Jordanian were set to go on trial in Egypt on suspicion that
they were spying for the Mossad, according to a MENA news agency report cited by
AFP on Sunday.
According to the report, the Israeli citizen had allegedly
tasked the Jordanian with recruiting Egyptians working in the telecoms sector
“to obtain technical data in order to damage the national interests of
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The last time an Israeli was accused of spying in Egypt was in
June when Israeli- American citizen Ilan Grapel was arrested at his downtown
Cairo hotel by state security officers.
He was taken before Judge Hesham Badawi
of the Supreme State Security Prosecution who ordered him detained for 15 days
on charges of “spying on Egypt with the aim of harming its economic and
political interests,” according to the MENA news agency.
Grapel was in
Cairo working for a nonprofit organization helping African refugees.
family, friends and the Israeli government have all denied that he had any
involvement with Israeli intelligence.