Egyptian spy suspect's death probed
London, July 13, 2010
A British coroner has begun an inquest into the mysterious death of a wealthy Egyptian businessman suspected of involvement in Middle East espionage.
Ashraf Marwan fell to his death from the fourth floor balcony of his London apartment in June 2007, said a report in our sister publication, the Gulf Daily News.
He was the son-in-law of former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser and a trusted aide to Nasser's successor Anwar Sadat.
Historians and intelligence agents have accused him of being an Israeli spy who passed on vital information before the 1973 Yom Kippur War - or of being a double agent loyal to Egypt.
The inquest at City of Westminster Coroner's Court will try to determine whether he died by suicide, accident or foul play. It opened yesterday and is due to last three days. – TradeArabia News Service