Egyptian Court Sentences Israeli to Two Years

CAIRO (Reuters) -

An Egyptian court sentenced an Israeli man to two years in prison for crossing illegally into the Sinai peninsula, court sources said on Tuesday.

Egypt said in December it had arrested the man after he slipped into the Sinai’s Taba region and took photographs of security buildings.

State media at that time identified Andrei Pshenichnikov, as a 24-year-old army officer. Israeli media said he was a civilian and a pro-Palestinian activist.

The ruling by the court in the Nuweiba area of Sinai was issued on Monday.

The court sources said Pshenichnikov had not given a convincing explanation for why he crossed into Egypt illegally rather than as a tourist.

Israeli tourists have continued to vacation in the Sinai, although in lower numbers since a spate of bomb attacks on resorts from 2004 to 2006.