Egyptian, 2 Israelis handed sentenced to life behind bars for spying.
The case is separate from one involving Ilan Grapel, 27, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen who was detained on June 12 on suspicion of spying. Israel has denied he is a spy. Egypt has maintained diplomatic and economic ties with Israel since they signed a peace accord three decades ago. But resentment lingers among ordinary Egyptians over Israel's conflict with the Palestinians. Over the years, Egypt has arrested a number of people accused of spying for Israel.
In 2007, Egypt convicted a 31-year-old Egyptian-Canadian dual national of spying for Israel. Three Israelis were charged in absentia. Israel dismissed the case as a fabrication. In 1996, Egypt sentenced Azzam Azzam, an Israeli Arab textile worker, to 15 years in jail for spying for Israel. Egypt said Azzam had passed messages in women's underwear using invisible ink. Both Azzam and Israel denied the charges. He was released after serving eight years as part of a deal that included the release of six Egyptian students in Israel.
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|Publication:||The Daily Middle East Reporter (Beirut, Lebanon)|
|Date:||Jun 23, 2011|
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