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NY lawmaker to bring home US-Israeli

NY lawmaker to bring home US-Israeli

A U.S. congressman has arrived in Israel to bring home a U.S.-Israeli citizen who was arrested in Egypt four months ago on suspicions of espionage.
A statement from Rep. Gary Ackerman on Wednesday said he traveled to Israel to bring home a constituent from New York City, Ilan Grapel. Grapel is expected to be released Thursday afternoon. The timing on his return to New York is uncertain.
The 27-year-old Grapel was arrested June 12 during the height of Egypt's uprising, which removed President Hosni Mubarak.
Egypt accused Grapel of being an agent of Israel's Mossad trying to sabotage the revolution. It gave no evidence to support the claims, and even in Egypt, the arrest was widely ridiculed.
Israel approved a deal on Tuesday to swap 25 Egyptian prisoners for Grapel.


Updated : 2021-10-27 08:33 GMT+08:00