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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

Egypt detains 29 on charges they spied for Turkey

Egypt and Turkey have been at loggerheads since the Egyptian military's ouster in 2013 of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, who hailed from the Muslim Brotherhood and enjoyed Ankara's support

Egyptian prosecutors have ordered the detention for two weeks of 29 suspected members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood on charges they spied for Turkey.

A prosecution statement released on Wednesday said the 29 illegally facilitated international calls made by people in Egypt through Turkish-based servers offered at discounted charges. The prosecution accuses them of then eavesdropping on the calls to gather information on conditions in Egypt that they passed onto Turkish intelligence.

The money earned from the calls was allegedly also used to set up media platforms outside Egypt that used the information to spread fake news and rumours to incite Egyptians against their government.

Egypt and Turkey have been at loggerheads since the Egyptian military's ouster in 2013 of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. Morsi hailed from the Brotherhood and enjoyed the support of Turkey.

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