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22 Nov, 2017 11:35

29 suspects detained in Egypt over alleged espionage for Turkey

Egypt’s public prosecutor has ordered the detention of 29 people suspected of espionage on behalf of Turkey, as well as joining a terrorist organization, Reuters said, citing a report by state news agency MENA. An investigation by the General Intelligence Services showed that the group has been 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 on Wednesday. The suspects, whose nationalities were not specified, are also accused of money laundering and trading currency without a license. Ties between Ankara and Cairo have been strained since the army ousted President Mohamed Morsi of the Brotherhood following mass protests against his rule in 2013.