Egyptian who 'spied' for Israel jailed for 15 yrs

The State Security Emergency Court on Saturday convicted an Egyptian-Canadian man of spying for Israel and sentenced him to 15 years in prison. Three Israelis charged alongside el-Attar also received 15 years in prison. Mohammed el-Attar, 30, and the Israeli defendants had been on trial since Feb. 24 at the Cairo court. Prosecutors said earlier el-Attar confessed to spying for Israel and gave a detailed account of his role in collecting information about Egyptians and Arabs living in Turkey and Canada in return for money. He also allegedly received instructions from the three Israelis, said to be intelligence officers, to recruit Christian Egyptian immigrants in Canada using money and sex.