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Egyptian and two Israelis sentenced to life prison for spying

Two Israeli defendants convicted in absentia while their Egyptian co-defendant is found guilty of recruiting agents in the Middle East and passing on information to Israel

Ahram Online, Thursday 23 Jun 2011
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The Court of Supreme State Security Emergency has sentenced an Egyptian and two Israelis to life in prison for spying for Israel in the case dubbed by the media as the “Indian trap,” according to judicial sources.

Tarek Abdel Raziq was accused of taking $37,000 for providing information about Egyptians working in telecommunication companies. He was also accused of recruiting spies in Egypt, Syria and Lebanon.

The two Israeli defendants in the case were convicted in absentia.

The court had banned the publication of any details concerning the case during the prosecution's investigation.

The hysteria created by the case was repeated in the media last week with the National Security apparatus announcing the arrest of a young man, Ilan Grapel, accused of being an agent for Israel. Without the full facts, Grapel was deemed guilty by much of Egypt's mainstream media.

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