Lebanese court sentences men charged with spying for Israel
In Lebanon, a military court has sentenced six men convicted of spying for Israel on Hezbollah and the Lebanese and Syrian armies to terms ranging from a year in jail to death.
A statement from the court issued late on Monday said Hassan Hashem, a former official of Lebanon's Shi'ite Amal militia who was the most prominent of the defendants, had been sentenced to a period of three years of hard labor. One defendant tried in absentia received a death sentence.
The men were arrested earlier this year and accused of running a spy network that provided the Jewish state with information on Hezbollah activities, as well as on Lebanese and Syrian military positions and certain Lebanese political figures and financial institutions, according to Reuters.
Prosecutors accused them of coordinating intelligence gathering through meetings with Israeli officials at European embassies. Seven men were charged in the case, but there was no mention of the seventh in the verdict. (Albawaba.com)
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