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CAIRO - 8 March: Arish Criminal court sentenced three Egyptians and six Israelis to life in prison Wednesday over charges of spying for the Israeli Military Intelligence in the case publicly known by the name Ovadia Cell,
Two defendants were present in court, Ouda Talab Ibrahim and Salama Hamed Abu Jrad, while the rest of the defendants were sentenced in absentia, including the Israeli nationals.
Investigations carried out by the Supreme State Security Prosecution revealed
that the case’s incidents took place from December 2006 to May 2013. The prosecution accused the Egyptian defendants of spying for the Israeli Military intelligence by giving away sensitive information of Egyptian National Security such as the Egyptian Army’s movements in North Sinai and locations of checkpoints and tunnels in Rafah city, in exchange for money.
The state security prosecution referred the nine defendants to the criminal court in 2013.