Suez Canal Officer Gets 10 Years for Spying for Israel

Two Israelis - described as Mossad officials - were sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment in the same trial.

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A ship crossing the Suez Canal near Ismailia port city, 120 km (75 miles) northeast of Cairo, June 13, 2013.Credit: Reuters

An Egyptian official with the Suez Canal authority was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Port Said court on Saturday for spying for Israel, according to the Al-Ahram website.

Two Israelis, named as Benjamin Shaul and David Meir, were convicted in absentia and sentenced to life imprisonment. They were described as "Mossad officers" by the court.

The Egyptian, Mohamed Ali Abdelbaky Hassanin, was convicted of spying for the Mossad from 2011 to 2013 and providing it with military secrets and information about traffic in the Suez Canal, a strategic global trade route between Asia and Europe.

Hassanin was also found guilty of carrying out espionage for Lebanon's Hezbollah Shiite organization and the Syrian army.

The court found that Hassanin had damaged national security by passing on information about the movements of Egyptian and foreign warships, particularly those of Iran.