Egypt: 2 Israelis, Ukrainian get life terms

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Posted: Mar 13, 2012 11:55 AM
Egypt: 2 Israelis, Ukrainian get life terms

State media report an Egyptian court has sentenced two Israeli Arabs and a Ukrainian to life imprisonment after convicting them of smuggling weapons into Egypt through a border crossing.

The verdict by a criminal court in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia was released by state media on Tuesday.

Two of the three were arrested in November. One was tried in absentia.

A prosecution statement then said an Israeli Arab resident of Eilat, Moaz Zahalka, arrived at the Israel-Egypt border crossing at Taba, carrying a wooden box shaped like a cross. Officials found an automatic rifle and ammunition in the box.

The statement said Zahalka, a tour agent, confessed he had two accomplices_ a Ukrainian living in Sinai who had asked another Israeli Arab to send him the weapon.