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Cairo Releases Dutch Citizen Reported Saying He Spied for Israel

A Dutch citizen convicted by Egypt of espionage for Israel returned to Amsterdam today after three years of detention in Cairo after lengthy negotiations by the Dutch Embassy for his release.

Meewuis Goudswaard, 70, was convicted in October 1960, by a state security court in Cairo which sentenced him to 15 years’ imprisonment. He allegedly confessed to transmitting military information to Israel “frequently.” The Dutch Embassy obtained his release on grounds that he is ill.

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