Israel Spy Razeq Sentenced To Twenty-Five Years In Jail
Israel, Egyptian-born spy Tareq Abdul-Razeq accused of spying for the country was sentenced on Thursday to 25 years in jail by a special court, reports AFP.
Mr Razeq, who was arrested last year, and two Israeli officers accused of "acts of espionage" on Israel's behalf were found guilty by Cairo's supreme state security court.
The court also sentenced in absentia the two officers who, according to the Egyptian judiciary, worked for Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, to 25 years in jail.
Razeq, who runs an import-export company, was accused of providing the two Israelis, from May 2007 to May 2010, information on Egyptians, Syrians and Lebanese people, AFP reports.
Those people worked in the field of telecommunications and Razeq selected those most likely to cooperate with the Mossad.
He reportedly confessed that his two Israeli contacts asked him to travel many times to Syria with a fake name under the pretext of purchasing local products.
However, the true intent behind his trip was to provide a Syrian security officer who was working in a "sensitive" area with funds.
Egypt's official press said his confession had led to three espionage cells being dismantled in Lebanon and Syria, reports AFP.
In 1979, Egypt became the first Arab state to sign a peace treaty with the Jewish state.
Yet, since a popular uprising ousted former president Hosni Mubarak back in February, relations between Israel and Egypt have been tense.