World Bulletin/News Desk
An Egyptian judge presiding over the trial of a Jordanian and an Israeli on charges of spying for Israel on Saturday recused himself, citing "uneasiness", a judicial source said.
The judge recused himself upon a request from Jordanian defendant Bashar Abu Zeid and his father and following an objection by the defense lawyers against commissioning court-appointed lawyers for the defendant, the source said.
The judge referred the case to the Appeals Court for naming another judge for the trial.
Abu Zeid showed up at the trial session Saturday. The Israeli suspect, however, is being tried on absentia.
Prosecutors have accused both men of helping Israel's intelligence to tap in Egyptian international calls as well as collecting information about the armament of the Egyptian military.
When he was arrested on March 15, 2011, Abu Zeid had equipment used in allegedly transferring Egypt's international calls to the Israeli side.
He said that he had entered Egypt during the January 25 revolution, which ousted longstanding president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
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