Ilan Grapel

Egypt wants expedited trial for Israeli 'spy'

Cairo dailies say Egypt's authorities are determined to see Ilan Grapel prosecuted, and fast

Egypt's al-Ahram weekly reported Thursday that that Cairo's prosecution is looking into ways to expedite the legal proceedings against Ilan Grapel, an Israeli detained there on alleged espionage charges.


Should such a move be successful, Grapel may face trail within a few weeks.



The newspaper continues to claim that Grapel is a Mossad agent, who was caught "trying to recruit locals and inflame the conflict between the Egyptian people and the armed forces."


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The paper also alleged that Grapel's visa application – filed with the Egyptian Embassy in Tel Aviv – stated that he was Muslim; adding that he was caught sending "several emails from Internet Cafés to the Mossad."


According to the report, Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi refused to meet with the Israeli consul to Cairo on the matter.


Meanwhile, another Egyptian publication, "al-Masri al-Youm," reported that since Grapel's arrest, "dozens of young 'revolutionists' have come forward with information regarding the Israeli agent, reporting to the Attorney General."


Those "reports" have Grapel asking about Egypt's High Military Council, the political and economical situation, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Copts.


The paper also told of a new Facebook group in Egypt asking anyone with information about Grapel's "illicit activities" to report them to authorities.



פרסום ראשון: 06.16.11, 09:24
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