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Israeli spy in Egyptian jail begins hunger strike

Ouda Trabin, an Israeli-Bedouin jailed for espionage in 2000, begins hunger strike, says innocent of charges

MENA and Ahram Online , Wednesday 24 Apr 2013
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An Israeli spy jailed in Egypt began a hunger strike on Wednesday to demand his release.

Ouda Trabin, a Bedouin, was arrested in Egypt 12 years ago on charges of espionage and received a life sentence in 2000.

In a letter to the Israeli ambassador in Cairo and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, aired on Voice of Israel radio on Wednesday, Trabin called on them to raise his case with the UN Security Council and the International Court of Justice.

President Mohamed Morsi and Netanyahu are responsible for his life, Trabin added.

Egypt was negotiating with Israel last May to exchange 65 Egyptians imprisoned in Israel for Trabin, but the deal was not sealed.

Palestinian Ayman Sharawna, who was on hunger strike in an Israeli jail for almost eight months until 17 March, revealed on Sunday that over 60 Egyptian prisoners remain in Israeli prisons.

In October 2011, Egypt and Israel swapped Ilan Grapel, an Israeli-American accused of spying for Mossad, for 25 Egyptian prisoners in Israel. Ex-military officer Sameh Seif El-Yazal said after the deal that Israel had requested that Trabin and three other Israeli prisoners be part of the exchange, but Egypt had declined.

 

 

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