Three Israel spy cells busted: Egypt papers

The confessions of an Egyptian accused of spying for Israel has led to three espionage cells being dismantled in Lebanon and Syria, where an agent was executed in Nov.

Updated: Dec 24, 2010, 19:24 PM IST

Cairo: The confessions of an Egyptian
accused of spying for Israel has led to three espionage cells
being dismantled in Lebanon and Syria, where an agent was
executed in November, Cairo newspapers said on Friday.

Tareq Abdul Razzak, the 37-year-old owner of an
import-export business, is accused of having spied for the
Jewish state together with two wanted Israelis.

Egypt, which has a 1979 peace treaty with Israel,
informed Lebanon and Syria of his activities in recruiting
agents after Abdul Razzak`s arrest in May, Al-Masri newspaper
said, quoting a security source close to the investigation.

The suspect has allegedly confessed that his two
Israeli contacts had tasked him with making visits to Damascus
with a fake passport and identity under the guise of business
trips.

The aim of the missions was to deliver sums of money
to a Syrian holding a "sensitive" post with the security
services.

Al-Shuruk daily said Abdul Razzak has provided
investigators with copies of reports he had passed on to
Israeli intelligence from a Syrian chemist working for the
security services in connection with a Syrian nuclear
programme.

The Syrian expert had been spying for Israel for 13
years, according to the confessions. He was executed in Syria
last month, said Al-Shuruk, which did not give sources for its
report.

PTI