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Egypt detains 29 on suspicion of espionage for Turkey

Egyptians detained on suspicion of espionageEgypt’s public prosecutor ordered the detention of 29 people suspected of espionage on behalf of Turkey and joining a terrorist organisation, state news agency MENA reported.

According to results of an investigation by the General Intelligence Services, the group was recording phone calls and passing information to Turkish intelligence as part of a plan to bring the Muslim Brotherhood back to power in Egypt, MENA said.

The nationalities of the suspects were not specified. They are also accused of money laundering and trading currency without a licence.

Ties between Ankara and Cairo are strained since the army ousted President Mohamed Mursi of the Brotherhood following mass protests against his rule in 2013.

The Muslim Brotherhood has close ties with Turkey’s ruling AK Party and many members fled to Turkey since the group’s activities were banned in Egypt.

Following Mursi’s ousting, Egypt branded the Brotherhood, the world’s oldest Islamist movement, a terrorist organisation and most of its senior members were arrested, driven into exile or went underground.

The Brotherhood says it is a peaceful organisation and condemns the crackdown.

 

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