Egypt mulls release of US-Israeli spy suspect

Egypt said it was considering the release of a US-Israeli dual national suspected of spying for the Jewish state, the official news agency reported.

Updated: Oct 01, 2011, 22:02 PM IST

Cairo: Egypt said on Saturday it was considering the
release of a US-Israeli dual national suspected of spying for
the Jewish state, the official news agency reported.
Ilan Grapel has been in custody since June 12.

"Cairo is considering the release of Ilan Grapel, a US
citizen accused of spying for Israel during the 25 January
revolution, especially after promises from the US of offering
more political and economic support in return," MENA said
without elaborating.

Grapel`s parents were allowed to visit him today, along
with the US consul general to Egypt, Roberto Powers, MENA
said.

Grapel has been accused of being an agent with Israel`s
Mossad intelligence agency and of sowing sectarian strife and
chaos in Egypt during the uprising which ousted president
Hosni Mubarak in February.

Two days after his arrest in Egypt, which in 1979 became
the first Arab state to make peace with Israel, Israeli
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman strongly denied he was spy.
He insisted the whole thing was a mistake and accused
Egyptian authorities of "bizarre behaviour."

PTI