The confessions of an Egyptian suspected of spying for the Israeli Mossad has led to three espionage cells being dismantled in Lebanon and Syria, where an agent was executed in November, Egyptian newspapers said Friday. Tareq Abdul Razzak, the 37-year-old owner of an import-export company, is accused of having spied for the Jewish state together with two wanted Israelis.
Cairo informed Damascus and Beirut of his activities in recruiting agents after Abdul Razzaq's arrest in May, Al-Masri newspaper said, quoting a security source close to the investigation. The suspect has allegedly confessed that his two Israeli operators had tasked him with making visits to Damascus with a fake passport and identity under the guise of business trips. The goal of the missions was to deliver sums of money to a Syrian holding a "sensitive" post with the security services.
Egypt's independent Al-Shuruq daily said Abdul Razzak has provided investigators with copies of reports he had passed on to Israeli intelligence from a Syrian chemist working for the security services in connection with a Syrian nuclear program. The Syrian specialist had been spying for Israel for 13 years, according to the confessions. He was executed in Syria last month, said Al-Shuruq.