Nov 23 2017

Egypt arrests 29 on charges of spying for Turkey

Egyptian prosecutors have ordered a 15-day period of detention for 29 people it suspects of conducting espionage on behalf of Turkey, according to Daily News Egypt.

The defendants were seeking to return the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood to power by overthrowing the Egyptian regime, material presented to the court by Egyptian intelligence suggested.

The court was told that they had set up a cheap international phone calls service and were using the income to finance anti-government media platforms abroad.

The defendants also stand accused of money laundering and illegal currency transactions, according to Daily News Egypt.

Turkey was seen as a close ally of democratically-elected Egyptian president Muhammed Morsi, who was overthrown after a year in power by the Egyptian military.

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has yet to issue a statement on the detainees, whose nationalities are unknown.

 

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