Probe into London death of Egyptian 'spy' inconclusive

14th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

An inquest into the mysterious death in London of an Egyptian businessman accused of spying for Israel who plunged from the balcony of his home reached an inconclusive verdict Wednesday.

Ashraf Marwan, 63, the son-in-law of the late Egyptian president Gamel Abdel Nasser and a suspected double agent, was found dead in 2007 after falling from a balcony in the plush Saint James's district of central London.

His wife Mona, Nasser's daughter, said her husband had spoken of his fears that he would be "killed by my enemies" the last time she saw him alive.

But coroner William Dolman at Westminster Coroner's Court in London recorded an open verdict in the case.

This means there was insufficient evidence for any other possible verdict, which could have included unlawful killing or suicide.

Speaking after the hearing, Marwan's wife said she believed he had been murdered, adding: "The truth will come out. They are still discovering things about Tutankhamun."

She has previously been quoted as saying she believes he was killed by Israeli spy agency Mossad.

Allegations of spying by Marwan centred on the period around the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Inquests are held in England and Wales into violent, unnatural or sudden deaths.

© 2010 AFP

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