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Egypt arrests another Mossad collaborator
After the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, Egypt decided not to build an atomic reactor, but recently announced plans to develop a nuclear energy program after all. Egypt already has a small research reactor, and plans to build a 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant at Al-Dabaa on the Mediterranean coast.
Mossad has responded by increasing its activities in Egypt.
In January 2007, Egyptian authorities arrested Mohammed el-Attar, who holds dual Egyptian-Canadian citizenship, and charged him with spying for Israel. Three Israelis were also charged, but escaped and remain at large.
On February 18, 2007, authorities arrested another Egyptian engineer, Mohammed Sayed Saber, and charged him with stealing documents from the Egyptian Atomic Energy Agency and selling them to Mossad agents for $17,000.
Two foreigners, one Japanese and one Irish, are wanted in connection with the case, but remain at large. Saber first met the two foreigners in Hong Kong between 2004 and 2006.
Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mark Regev denied everything.
In 2002, Sherif al-Filali, an Egyptian engineer, was convicted of spying for Israel, and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Two years later, Egypt freed an Israeli Arab businessman convicted of spying in exchange for Israel's release of six Egyptian students, which Israel has abducted. Azzam Azzam served eight years in an Egyptian prison before his release.