Egypt accuses Egyptian, 2 Israelis of espionage

El-Sayed Gamaledine , Thursday 25 Jul 2013

Two Israelis and an Egyptian accused of spying on Egypt referred to criminal court

Egypt's prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat ordered on Thursday the referral of three defendants accused of spying on Egypt to a criminal court.

The defendants are a 39 year-old Egyptian, who is currently detained, and two Israelis, Benjamin Shaul and David Manier, who are reportedly members of Israel's Mossad.

Investigations have revealed that the Egyptian defendant cooperated with Israel since late 2011, providing them with information that "harms national security" in return for money.

Several others have been questioned or arrested over espionage charges in Egypt in the past few years. The most recent was in June, when State Security Prosecution ordered the detention of an Egyptian for 15 days pending trial after being accused of spying for Israel’s Mossad.

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

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