An Egyptian policeman stands guard outside the high court during the second trial hearing of the Muslim Brotherhood chief and aids on October 29, 2013 in Cairo
An Egyptian policeman stands guard outside the high court during the second trial hearing of the Muslim Brotherhood chief and aids on October 29, 2013 in Cairo © Khaled Desouki - AFP
An Egyptian policeman stands guard outside the high court during the second trial hearing of the Muslim Brotherhood chief and aids on October 29, 2013 in Cairo
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Last updated: June 29, 2014

Two Israelis and one Egyptian to face trial over "spying"

An Egyptian and two Israelis, including an intelligence officer, will be tried by an Egyptian court for allegedly "spying" for the Jewish state, judicial sources said on Sunday.

The Egyptian is in custody and the two Israeli "fugitives" are to be tried in absentia, the sources said. The date of the trial has yet to be fixed.

Five Egyptians, a Jordanian engineer and seven Israeli intelligence officers are already on trial on charges of "spying" for Israel. The seven Israelis are also being tried in absentia.

In October 2011, Israel freed 25 Egyptians in exchange for Israeli-American Ilan Grapel who was detained for four months on similar charges in Egypt, the first Arab country to sign a peace agreement with Israel in 1979.

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