In Cairo on Saturday, (12 August), the Supreme State Security Court passed sentence on a Belgian and a Frenchman convicted of spying for Israel.
In Cairo on Saturday, (12 August), the Supreme State Security Court passed sentence on a Belgian and a Frenchman convicted of spying for Israel. The Belgian, Jacques Herran, aged 45, was sentenced to fifteen years hard labour. The Frenchman, Jean Marc Vouaux, 26, received ten years hard labour. Both denied the charges at their four day trial last month.
But the Presiding Judge said they were aware they had committed acts of espionage and treason against the Arab nation at a time of war against Israel.
Herran and Vouaux were said to have attempted to post subversive leaflets found in hidden pockets in their briefcases. Each admitted carrying letters containing the leaflets, but said they did not know the contents. They said they had received them from Israeli friends who told them they wanted to correspond with Jewish families living in Egypt.
The Judge said the Israeli aim behind the distribution of the leaflets was to split national unity and undermine the home front.