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Germany: Trial of former civil servant accused of being Egyptian secret service spy begins02:34

Germany: Trial of former civil servant accused of being Egyptian secret service spy begins

Germany, Berlin
February 23, 2021 at 12:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

The trial of a former German Government Press Office (BPA) employee who has been accused of working as a spy for the Egyptian foreign secret service (GIS) began on Tuesday in Berlin.

The 66-year-old, referred to as Amin K was allegedly recruited by the Egyptian secret service. "The defendant is German, but is of Egyptian descent, and he had allegedly been promised with benefits for himself and his family members in Egypt," explained Tiergarten Courthouse press spokesperson Lisa Jani.

"Among other things he is said to have carried out a general media observation, he allegedly supplied the Egyptian foreign secret services with names of employees of the federal press office and he is said to have tried to recruit an interpreter as a source for the secret service without success," Jani went on to say.

If found guilty, Amin K. could face up to five years in prison.

Germany: Trial of former civil servant accused of being Egyptian secret service spy begins02:34
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The trial of a former German Government Press Office (BPA) employee who has been accused of working as a spy for the Egyptian foreign secret service (GIS) began on Tuesday in Berlin.

The 66-year-old, referred to as Amin K was allegedly recruited by the Egyptian secret service. "The defendant is German, but is of Egyptian descent, and he had allegedly been promised with benefits for himself and his family members in Egypt," explained Tiergarten Courthouse press spokesperson Lisa Jani.

"Among other things he is said to have carried out a general media observation, he allegedly supplied the Egyptian foreign secret services with names of employees of the federal press office and he is said to have tried to recruit an interpreter as a source for the secret service without success," Jani went on to say.

If found guilty, Amin K. could face up to five years in prison.