Israeli-Jordanian spying case adjourned to June 19
Bashar Abu-Zaid during his trial - YOUM7/Tarek Al-Gabas

CAIRO: The State Security Emergency Court adjourned Tuesday the trial session of a Jordanian telecommunication engineer and an Israeli officer charged with espionage to June 19 to hear the defense, Youm7 reported.

The State Security Prosecution accuses Israeli Ophir Harare, who is being tried in absentia, and Jordanian Bashar Abu-Zaid of tapping international Egyptian calls for Israeli intelligence services.

In court Tuesday Abu-Zaid’s lawyer Ahmed al-Ganzoury apologized for his client’s actions during a previous session; the judge had sentenced Abu- Zaid to a year in prison over for contempt of court.

Ganzoury said Tuesday his client had confessed to the crime under “unclear circumstances” while in custody of High State Security Prosecution, saying that there are no decisive evidences against Abu-Zaid who was arrested in December 2010.

The prosecution objected to the defense’s claims, and presiding judge Adly Ibrahim Fadel ordered that legal procedures be taken for “insulting the prosecution.”

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