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Egyptian court sentences accused spy for Israel to 25 years

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Egyptian court sentenced an Egyptian businessman to 25 years in jail for spying for Israel.

The court reportedly also found Tarek Abdel Razek’s two Israeli handlers, accused of being members of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, guilty of espionage. They also were sentenced to 25 years in prison in absentia.

Razek was arrested last August after his Israeli contacts had already fled the country. He was accused of providing information from May 2007 to May 2010 on Egyptians working in telecommunications, and of suggesting which of the workers in Egypt, Syria and Lebanon might be willing to cooperate with the Mossad.

The case is unrelated to that of Israeli-American Ilan Grapel, who was arrested earlier this month on charges of spying for the Mossad.