Egypt’s Prosecutors Want Retrial of Acquitted Spying Suspect
Prosecutors at Egypt’s supreme state security court on Thursday contested the acquittal of Sharif Al Filali, an engineer accused of spying for Israel.
They stressed that the ruling was "invalid."
The official Kuwaiti news agency, KUNA, cited a memorandum to the prosecution office as saying that the court was contradicting itself when it said that the Egyptian authorities had no knowledge of the crimes allegedly committed by Filali until he informed the general intelligence body.
The memorandum says that various documents proved that the body had knowledge of these activities, since it summoned him immediately after he arrived in Egypt.
It said that the court did not take into consideration that Filali had earned a $5,000 bribe from Russian suspect Gregory Chivitc, who is still at large.
It also criticized the ruling, saying that the court was contradicting itself when it said that Filali was communicating with a country without knowing it was Israel.
The prosecution said that the ruling neglected to consider the confiscation of equipment found in Filali's house, which contained information over the country's national security, and failed to confiscate the money in his possession, which Filali said he had received from Israeli intelligence agents – Albawaba.com
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