Germany has indicted an alleged Egyptian-German spy working for the press service of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The suspect, named Amin Okay, is accused of transmitting “info to the Egyptian Basic Intelligence Service” (GIS) for years by making the most of his privileged place.
The Egypt-born suspect had been employed on the press service since 1999, most lately working within the guests’ service of the German Federal Press Centre, in control of speaking on the actions of the chancellery.
German Federal Prosecutor’s stated in a statement that he had been transmitting info to the GIS “since July 2010 on the newest”.
“The accused needed to assist the Egyptian intelligence service by sending it his observations on how the media handled home and international insurance policies associated to Egypt in addition to the overall information state of affairs,” the prosecutor’s workplace added.
Police stated they’d opened an investigation towards the suspect at first of July.
In 2014 and 2015, the person additionally unsuccessfully tried to recruit a supply for the Egyptian secret service by offering GIS staff with the required contact.
In trade for the knowledge supplied, the suspect hoped to obtain preferential therapy from the Egyptian authorities. Particularly, his mom would have been assisted in asserting her Egyptian pension rights, prosecutors say.
The suspect had typically been invited to official receptions, for instance on the event of the farewell of the Egyptian ambassador to Germany in 2019.
Based on the report by the German Inside Intelligence, each the Egyptian International Intelligence Service (GIS) and its Inside Intelligence Service (NSS) are lively in Germany.
One in every of their goals is to gather info on opponents of the Egyptian regime of President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi who dwell within the nation, specifically supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been banned in Egypt since 2013.