Egypt's Prosecutor - Orders Detention Of 29 Suspect over Espionage With Turkey

Egyptian prosecutors have ordered the detention of 29 Turkish suspected members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood over alleged spying, an action which was said to negates the country’s constitution.

The prosecution statement on Wednesday said the 29 illegally facilitated international calls made by people in Egypt through Turkish-based servers offered at discounted charges.

Egyptian intelligence agencies revealed a plot between Turkish intelligence and members of the international Muslim Brotherhood to take over power in Egypt by destabilising state institutions.

The State Security prosecution said it would continue to release statements on the case while maintaining confidentiality with regards to information that could harm the country's national security.

Relations between Turkey and Egypt have been strained since the 2013 ouster of Egypt’s Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, a close ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP government.

Erdogan has repeatedly slammed the Egyptian government over Morsi's removal.

Meanwhile," Cairo has repeatedly accused Ankara of interference in its domestic affairs and supporting Islamist terrorists who carry out attacks in Egypt.

Turkey has been providing a safe haven for leading members of the Brotherhood, which has been banned and designated as terrorist in Egypt.

Ankara also allows broadcasts from within Turkey of TV stations run by sympathisers of the Brotherhood who criticise the government of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

Political relations between the two countries are currently suspended, though economic ties are still active.

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