Report: Suspected Israeli Spy Arrested in Egypt Was Traveling to Libya

Egyptian prosecution is claiming that American-Israeli Ilan Grapel met with several Europeans in southern Egypt before traveling to Cairo upon Mubarak's resignation, al-Ahram reports.

Ilan Grapel, the Jewish American citizen detained in Egypt under suspicion of espionage for Israel, planned to get from Egypt to a rebel hub in Eastern Libya, Egyptian daily al-Ahram reported on Tuesday.

The Egyptian paper reported that the Egyptian prosecution is claiming that Grapel met with a group of people, some of whom were European, in southern Egypt before traveling to Cairo on the day of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's resignation.

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The report said that Grapel entered Egypt on February 11 on a direct flight from Frankfurt, Germany. He then left the country on February 15, only to return on May 10 and checking into a hotel in the center of Cairo.

The Egyptian authorities announced on Sunday that they had arrested a suspected spy for Israel. Egyptian media published Grapel's name and identity on Monday.

A former paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces with dual American-Israeli citizenship, Grapel reportedly travelled to several parts of Egypt, and was given the task of gauging the public's reaction to the policies of the Egyptian high military council.

Earlier reports have claimed that Grapel entered Egypt as a foreign writer for an American newspaper, meeting with a group of foreign reporters he kept in touch with throughout his stay in Egypt.