Detention of Egyptian accused of spying for Israel

Ahram Online , Saturday 15 Jun 2013

State Security Prosecution accuses Egyptian private firm employee of spying for Israel's Mossad

Egypt's State Security Prosecution ordered Saturday the detention for 15 days pending trial of an Egyptian accused of spying for Israel’s Mossad.

The accused is an employee in a private firm. He is accused of working for Mossad since 2011, reported Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

He reportedly filed a complaint to general intelligence in 2012 saying that Israel was trying to recruit him for spy work. The complaint is believed by the prosecution to have been filed in order to hide his espionage involvement.

The prosecution further alleges the accused owned spying devices.

Several have been questioned or arrested over espionage charges in Egypt in the past few years. The most recent was in january with the arrest of 24-year-old Andrey Pshenichnikov, a Russian-born immigrant to Israel who had been arrested by the Israeli Shin Bet domestic security service in 2012 over his pro-Palestinian activism.

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