Daily Israel Report

Grapel Speaking Fluent Arabic During Interrogation

Alleged Israeli spy Ilan Grapel is speaking fluent Arabic and does not need an interpreter according to Egyptian authorities.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 6/22/2011, 5:08 PM / Last Update: 6/22/2011, 5:44 PM

Alleged Israeli spy Ilan Grapel is fully fluent in Arabic and does not require an interpreter during his interrogation sessions, Egyptian daily al-Masri al-Youm reported.

The report may be an attempt to substantiate the claims of Egypt's interim junta that Grapel, arrested last week on suspicion of espionage, is a Mossad spy. Grapel is expected to face trial in the near future.
 
Al-Masri al-Youm, citing a legal source 'close to the case,' said Cairo had proof Grapel had met with Egyptian revolutionaries during the days of unrest in Tahrir Square that ultimately led to the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak.
  
According to the paper, interrogations have so far ascertained Grapel entered Egypt through the Cairo International Airport when the anti-regime riots first began, using his American passport. Grapel allegedly claimed to be a foreign news correspondent according to the report.
 
At this point, according to al-Masri al-Youm, Grapel joined a group of 'real reporters,' but parted with them several days later.
 
Egypt's al-Ahram weekly reported that Grapel was allowed to speak with his parents for the first time Tuesday for about one hour. 
 
According to the report Grapel "stressed that he was detained legally, according to a Prosecution Warrant, that the intelligence officers are treating him humanely and that all his needs are being met," during the meeting. It is unclear whether Grapel made the statement under duress. 
 
Al-Ahram has avidly and uncritically printed the Egyptian government's version of the Grapel case, which puts its coverage at odds with othe rmajor Egyptian media outlets whose coverage has catered to a more skeptical, populist view of Grapel's alleged spying.