World Bulletin / News Desk
Egyptian prosecutors on Wednesday renewed the detention of a Turkish national accused of spying until February 18 pending investigation into charges that he had sought to obtain vital information related to Egypt's national security and had associated with Muslim Brotherhood leaders who had incited violence.
It was the tenth time that Resat Ozturk's detention was renewed pending investigation since his arrest last summer.
Ozturk was arrested in Suez on August 19 on suspicions that he had been cooperating with and spying for Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.
Ozturk, who works in the textile industry, has denied the charges, insisting that he had only become friends with some Brotherhood members through social-media networks.
Alper Bosuter, an adviser at the Turkish embassy in Cairo, had earlier dismissed the espionage charges against Ozturk.
"Ozturk has been in Egypt for two years to study Arabic," Bosuter told Anadolu Agency following Ozturk'sarrest.
According to the diplomat, Ozturk had attended peaceful protests in Egypt "out of curiosity," photos of which he had later posted on social-networking websites.
"But Egyptian authorities arrested him due to certain comments that accompanied the photos and because of his presence at a public square in Suez following the [August 14] dispersal of protest camps in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi," Bosuter explained.Last Mod: 16 Ocak 2014, 11:01