World Bulletin/News Desk
A Turkish diplomat has denied spying charges against a Turkish national in Egypt.
Turkish national Rechat Ozturk was arrested by Egyptian police in the canal city of Suez on August 19 on charges of "cooperating with and spying for the Muslim Brotherhood."
Ozturk, who works in the textile industry, has denied all charges. He insists he only became friend with some Muslim Brotherhood members through social media.
"Ozturk has been in Egypt for two years to study Arabic," Alper Bosuter, an adviser in the Turkish embassy in Cairo, told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.
According to the diplomat, Ozturk had attended peaceful protests out of curiosity and posted photos of the demonstrations on social networking websites.
"But Egyptian authorities arrested him because of the comments on the photos and his presence at a square in Suez following the dispersal of protest camps in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi," Bosuter said.
The Turkish diplomat stressed that spying charges against Ozturk are "groundless".
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