1 Egyptian and 2 Israelis referred to criminal court for spying
Attorney General Hisham Barakat - YOUM7/Hossam Atef

CAIRO: Attorney General Hisham Barakat referred three defendants—an Egyptian and two Israelis—to criminal court on charges of spying, Youm 7 reported Sunday.

The Supreme State Security Prosecution’s investigations allege the main culprit’s name is Salama Mohamed Soliman, a 25-year-old unemployed Egyptian who cooperated in North Sinai with the second and third culprits, Israelis Gomaa Edbari and Shlomo Sofer. Sofer is allegedly a member of the Israeli Intelligence Agency (AMAN).

Soliman allegedly provided the Israelis with information harmful to national security, according to prosecution investigations.

The prosecution accused Soliman of spying in favor of a foreign country with intent to harm state interests and providing a foreign body with information about military deployment locations in North Sinai.

Investigators allege Soliman received $43,000 and furniture for his house valued at 19,000 shekels ($5,544) for this information.

In February Barakat referred four people to Cairo Criminal Court on accusations of spying for Israel and disclosing information related to national security in return for money and gifts. Two of the charged were Israeli and two were Egyptians.

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