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Egypt jails Israeli, Palestinians over telecom racket

Illegal operation to route international calls through Israel cost Egypt Telecom LE280 million

AFP , Wednesday 11 May 2011
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A Cairo military court has sentenced 16 people, including an Israeli and two Palestinians, to up to 15 years in jail for setting up an illegal telecom network that routes phone calls via Israel, state media reported on Wednesday.

The state-owned daily Al-Akhbar said that two Egyptians, Ahmed Metwalli and Ahmed al-Badri, were jailed for 15 years, while the Israeli and Palestinians were sentenced in absentia.

Terms ranging from four months to one year were handed to 11 people while 11 others were acquitted, Al-Akhbar said.

The group is said to have set up a telecommunication network that allowed callers to make unauthorised international calls through Israel, costing the state-owned Egypt Telecom some LE280 million ($47 million) in losses.

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