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Germany indicts suspected Egyptian spy in Angela Merkel's press team
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Germany indicts suspected Egyptian spy in Angela Merkel's press team

Germany has indicted a suspected German-Egyptian spy working in Chancellor's Angela Merkel's press service.

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Germany has indicted an alleged Egyptian-German spy working for the press service of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The suspect, named Amin K, is accused of transmitting "information to the Egyptian General Intelligence Service" (GIS) for years by taking advantage of his privileged position.

The Egypt-born suspect had been employed at the press service since 1999, most recently working in the visitors' service of the German Federal Press Centre, in charge of communicating on the activities of the chancellery.

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German Federal Prosecutor's said in a statement that he had been transmitting information to the GIS "since July 2010 at the latest".

"The accused wanted to help the Egyptian intelligence service by sending it his observations on how the media dealt with domestic and foreign policies related to Egypt as well as the general news situation," the prosecutor's office added.

Police said they had opened an investigation against the suspect at the beginning of July.