Lebanon: Another suspect arrested in connection to Israel spy cell
Interrogation with three detainees on suspicion of spying for Israel has led to the arrest of another Israel-linked spy network, the daily al-Akhbar reported Friday. It said the second group was arrested by Hizbullah's security services.
The Lebanese newspaper quoted a senior official with the General Directorate of the International Security Forces as saying that interrogation with Adib al-Alam, a former ISF general, his wife and nephew has also uncovered information on some elements of a third cell allegedly working for Israel. It said ISF are putting the final touches before dismantling this network, according to al-Akhbar.
On its part, As Safir Newspaper said Lebanese army intelligence services have arrested a suspect with alleged links to Adib. Press reports on Friday said interrogation revealed that Adib began working for Israel in 1994 when he was still in active service in the ISF, adding that he undertook four training sessions in Israel.
Adib, according to the reports, enjoys great experience in intelligence work and photography.
Al Hayat daily said Adib felt the danger and the possibility that he was being under surveillance, so he called the Israelis who gave him assurances that he would not be caught. An ordinary mini-bar that doubles as a monitoring system has been confiscated from Adib's house in Dekwaneh, according to the press reports. They said the bar contains a high-tech camera able to transmit photos via satellite.
Meanwhile, An Nahar daily said a technically sophisticated communication system was found in the mini-bar with a few bottles that Adib managed to keep cool since they were used to send a code to the Israeli secret service, the Mossad.
Photographs taken in Syria and others taken in 2004 for bridges and international highways linking Beirut to Damascus, particularly the Mdairij overpass, were seized from Adib. Interrogation showed that the Israelis had asked Adib to carry out reconnaissance missions to determine Hizbullah sites across Lebanon.