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Mohamed Raafat Shehata

Egyptian soldier and intelligence chief
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Major-General Mohamed Raafat Shehata Abdel Wahed is an Egyptian soldier and intelligence officer.

At the beginning of his career in the Intelligence Service he worked for the Egyptian Strategic Research Center.. He was said to have helped negotiate the prisoner swap deal between Hamas and Israel, including the release of imprisoned Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, in October 2011.

He was undersecretary of Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate (EGID) since early 2012, and appointed as acting director of the EGID by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on 8 August 2012 after Major-General Murad Muwafi was sacked from the post.

On 18 September 2012, he was promoted as Egypt's new EGID director. He became commander of the Republican Guard and copntinued with his duties until July 2013.

After the 2013 Egyptian coup, Raafat Shehata was replaced as EGID Director by Mohamed Ahmed Farid. He was appointed Counsellor of Security Affairs of the acting Egyptian President Adly Mansour.

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