Egypt demands INTERPOL to pursue Israeli intelligence officer
Attorney General Hisham Barakat - YOUM7/Hossam Atef

CAIRO: Egypt demanded the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to pursue two Israeli suspects, one of whom is an officer in the Israeli Military Intelligence Agency (Aman), to arrest them and hand them over to Egyptian judiciary, Youm7 reported.

Both Israeli suspects were referred to criminal court over founding a spying network in Sinai, which harms the Egypt’s state interests.

An Egyptian judicial body sent a letter to Interpol containing the names of the wanted Israelis and the decision of referring them along with an Egyptian suspect to State Security Criminal Court in case 325 for 2014.

They are member and escapee of Aman Shlomo Safir and Israeli citizen and escapee Gomaa Adbary al-Tarabin.

Investigations showed that Israeli suspects from Aug. 2011 to Feb. 2014 recruited Egyptian suspect Salama Mohamed Berikat. He spied on the Egyptian Armed Forces spread in Sinai.

According to the investigation, Tarabin met with Berikat and arranged a meeting between him and the Israeli officer Safir, who determined what information he needs about the Armed Forces, Jihadist groups, and security check points.

State Security prosecution accused the Egyptian suspect of espionage with Israeli sides to harm Egyptian state interests.

Prosecution said that Berikat is imprisoned, Al-Bawabh reported.

Investigations clarified that Berikat received both $21,000 and 76,000 Israeli Shekel, a house in Beersheba, and furniture worth of 19,000 Shekel in exchange for espionage. He also sneaked out of the country illegally through the eastern borders.

Additional reporting by Ahmed Metwally.

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