Egypt jails man over spying for Israel
Iran Press TV
Sun Apr 19, 2015 6:3PM
An Egyptian court has sentenced a man to life in prison over spying for the Israeli regime in the Sinai Peninsula.
On Sunday, the court in North Sinai convicted Salamah Mohamed Suleiman of passing on information to Tel Aviv about the Egyptian security forces currently fighting against militant groups across the troubled peninsula.
Prosecutors say Suleiman received money and was also given a house in Israel in return for providing his Israeli handlers with information about Egyptian armed forces.
According to the prosecution, Suleiman illegally traveled to Israel five times in recent years to work out the details of his mission that intended to "harm Egypt's national interests."
The court further handed down life sentences in absentia to two Israeli accomplices, who were found guilty of serving as Suleiman's handlers. The three were also slapped with fines of 10,000 Egyptian pounds (about USD 1,130) each.
Sources say Suleiman had first made contact with the Israeli security services in 2011 and met the two Israeli handlers for several times over the past years.
On December 20, 2014, an Egyptian court sentenced a shipping services manager at the Suez Canal to 10 years in prison on charges of spying for the Israeli regime.
In June 2011, Egypt arrested Ilan Grapel, an American-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.
Israel has long been accused of spying on the Egyptian armed forces operating in the Sinai Peninsula.
Egypt's Sinai is considered a safe haven for gunmen, who use the region as a base for their acts of terror.
Since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's former president, in July 2013, gunmen have launched terrorist attacks in Sinai, killing members of Egypt's security forces.
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