U.S. citizen accused of spying returns to NY

Emory University law student Ilan Grapel speaks during a news conference with Congressman Gary Ackerman, right and his parents, Daniel and Irene Grapel by his side after his mother and Congressman Ackerman brought him home from Israel to JFK airport on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, in Jamaica, N.Y. Grapel was arrested in Egypt last June and accused of spying for Israel and the U.S. State Department. He was freed in exchange for 25 Egyptian prisoners.
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NEW YORK - A U.S.-Israeli citizen imprisoned in Egypt for four months on allegations he spied for Israel has returned home to New York after gaining his freedom in a prisoner swap.

Emory University law student Ilan Grapel arrived at Kennedy Airport on Saturday morning, looking tired and thin but wearing a huge smile.

Egypt swaps jailed U.S.-Israeli for 25 prisoners

The 27-year-old says he was arrested while attending a demonstration in Cairo's Tahrir Square on June 12. He says that after spending the summer in an Egyptian jail, he has a new appreciation for the American legal system.

He was released Thursday in a deal that also freed 25 Egyptians held in Israeli jails.

Israel has denied that Grapel is a spy. He had been volunteering at a legal aid group in Cairo when he was arrested.