`Egypt detains Israel `officer` on spying charges`

Israeli citizen arrested for spying for the Mossad in Cairo seemed strange.

Updated: Jun 12, 2011, 23:14 PM IST

Cairo: Egyptian authorities have arrested
an alleged Israeli officer working for the Mossad intelligence
agency on charges of spying, the official MENA news agency
reported on Sunday.

The Supreme State Security prosecutor ordered the
man`s detention for 15 days pending investigations into
alleged "spying on Egypt with the aim of damaging its economic
and political interests," MENA said.

Egyptian state television said the "Mossad officer,"
an Israeli national, had arrived in Egypt shortly after the
start of the January 25 uprising that toppled president Hosni
Mubarak, seeking to "incite chaos and sectarian strife."

Egypt`s intelligence services had suspected the man
"who was posing as a foreign correspondent" covering
anti-regime protests in Cairo`s Tahrir Square of spying and
monitored his movements and phone calls before his arrest,
MENA said.

Israel`s foreign ministry said it was unaware of any
reports of Israeli citizens being detained in Egypt.

Israeli commentators said reports that an Israeli
citizen had been arrested for spying for the Mossad in Cairo
seemed strange.

"I can`t imagine that there will be any Israeli
reactions, but anyone who knows even a little bit about these
things knows that you don`t have an Israeli with an Israeli
passport sitting in a foreign capital collecting things," said
Channel 2 news analyst Ehud Yaari.

PTI