Israeli delegation in Egypt to seek Bedouin prisoner’s release
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Israeli delegation in Egypt to seek Bedouin prisoner’s release

Ouda Tarabin has been jailed on espionage charges since 2000

Ilan Grapel (center), released from incarceration in Egypt in 2011, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others. (photo credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/Flash90)
Ilan Grapel (center), released from incarceration in Egypt in 2011, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others. (photo credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/Flash90)

A delegation of Israeli officials arrived in Cairo on Wednesday to hold talks over the release of Ouda Tarabin, a Bedouin Israeli who has been held in an Egyptian prison for the last 12 years.

According to the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram, Israel has offered to release 63 Egyptian citizens currently incarcerated in Israel in exchange for Tarabin’s freedom.

In October 2011, Ilan Grapel, an American-Israeli citizen who had been held in Egypt for five months on espionage charges, was released in exchange for 25 Egyptian prisoners.

In 2000, the 19-year-old Tarabin was captured by Egyptian forces after he illegally crossed the border. Ouda was tried for espionage — without being allowed to attend the proceedings — by an Egyptian military court and sentenced to 15 years in prison. He has maintained his innocence.

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