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Sunday, 1 July 2007

Dead ‘Mossad spy’ was writing exposé

AN Egyptian millionaire who mysteriously fell to his death from the balcony of his London flat after being named as a Mossad spy was writing a book that threatened to expose the murky world of Arab-Israeli espionage.

Ashraf Marwan, the son-in-law of the late President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, was more than halfway through a book about the 1973 Yom Kippur war - in which he is alleged to have played a key intelligence role - when his body was discovered last week.

Marwan’s death, which police are treating as “unexplained”, has sent ripples across the Middle East and shocked some of Britain's wealthiest people.

The 62-year-old financier was a former shareholder of Chelsea football club and counted Ken Bates, its former chairman, Adnan Khashoggi, the Saudi arms dealer, and Tiny Rowland, the late business tycoon, among his acquaintances. London Times