During the investigation, the man admitted that he was trying to reach the gravesite of Rabbi Yaakov Abuhatzeira in the Egyptian city of Damanhur and that he intended to immigrate to Morocco. He was later transferred to the Egyptian prosecutor's office for questioning.
Damanhur is the gravesite of Rabbi Yaakov Abuhatzeira – grandfather of the Baba Sali. Some three years ago Egyptian security forces uncovered a plot by an extremist Muslim group which planned to bomb the tomb during the annual pilgrimage to the site.
Last month, a Nuweiba court in the Sinai Peninsula sentenced Israeli citizen Andre Pshenichnikov, 24, who was arrested in December for illegally infiltrating the Egyptian border, to two years in prison.
When he was first apprehended, Pshenichnikov was suspected of taking pictures of secret security facilities in Taba. Egyptian sources reported that he admitted to working with pro-Palestinian organizations and had entered Sinai in order to execute a "dangerous mission commissioned by Israel's defense establishment."
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