Egyptian daily al-Masri al-Youm reported Wednesday that alleged Israeli apy Ilan Grapel, who was arrested in Egypt last week, does not require the help of an interpreter in his integrations, as he is fluent in Arabic.
Cairo may be trying to use this "damning" evidence to substantiate its espionage allegations.
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A legal source quoted by the paper said that Cairo authorities had proof that Grapel met with Egyptian revolutionaries during the days of riots in Tahrir Square.
The interrogations have so far ascertained that Grapel entered Egypt through the Cairo International Airport on the first week of the anti-regime riots, using his American passport. He claimed to be a correspondent with a foreign news agency.
At this point, al-Masri al-Youm said, Grapel joined a group of "real reporters," but parted with them several days later, in favor of what the newspaper called "his mission."
Egypt's al-Ahram weekly reported that Grapel was allowed to speak with his parents for the first time Tuesday. The conversion lasted nearly an hour, during which he "stressed that he was detained legally, according to a Prosecution Warrant, that the intelligence officers are treating him humanely and that all his needs are being met."
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