Alleged Jordanian spy given one year in jail for insulting judiciary

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 16 Jun 2014

Bashar Abu-Zaid was arrested in 2011 in Egypt on charges of spying on Egyptian officials on behalf of Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency

A Jordanian national accused of spying for Israel in Egypt has been sentenced to a year in prison on charges of insulting the judiciary.


The prison term handed to Bashar Abu-Zaid by Egypt's criminal court for matters of state security is in addition to his pending trial on espionage charges.


Abu-Zaid, a Jordanian communications engineer, is charged with planting communication networks in Egypt and using them to spy on Egyptian officials in exchange for payment from Mossad, Israel's national intelligence agency.


The Israeli official in the case, Ofer Haray, is being tried in absentia.


Abu-Zaid was arrested in Egypt in 2011 and was referred to court in August of the same year.

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