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Egypt jails official over spying for Israel

Iran Press TV

Sun Dec 21, 2014 3:55PM GMT

An Egyptian court has sentenced a shipping services manager at the Suez Canal to 10 years in prison on charges of spying for the Israeli regime.

On Saturday, the court in the canal city of Port Said convicted Mohamed Ali Abdel Baki of passing information on to Tel Aviv about the naval movements of Egyptian and foreign warships through the strategic waterway between 2011 and 2013.

Baki was also accused of providing information to two Israeli handlers about Port Said and its management.

The court further handed down life sentences in absentia to Benjamin Shaul and David Meir, who were found guilty of serving as the Egyptian official's handlers.

Baki had first made contact with the Israeli security services on the Internet in 2011 and met the two Israeli handlers in Bangkok, Thailand, the following year.

In June 2011, Egypt arrested Ilan Grapel, a US-Israeli, on charges of working for Israel's spy agency, Mossad, and sowing sectarian strife in the North African country.

However, he was released four months later under a prisoner swap deal that saw Israel free 25 Egyptian prisoners.

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