Lebanon Indicts 24 People for Collaborating with Israel
A Lebanese military court Friday charged 24 people, of whom 10 have been arrested, with spying and committing "terrorist" acts for Israel a decade ago, a judicial source was quoted as saying by AFP.
Military judge Nasri Lahoud indicted the 24 Lebanese for having "worked for Israel, transmitted information to the enemy and committed terrorist acts and attacks, including car bombs."
According to the agency, the court has not released the names or nationalities of those charged with collecting information on "the anti-Israel resistance, Hizbollah and the Palestinians."
The charges cover activities between 1986 and 1994, said the judicial source.
On Thursday, the Lebanese army announced the arrest of a "terrorist network" of 12 people including a Palestinian officer who are accused of spying and conducting attacks for Israel.
The Daily Star newspaper reported that the spies were gathering intelligence on Hizbollah and planning bomb attacks on behalf of Israel.
“A 12-man network of terrorism and intelligence working for the Israeli intelligence service have been arrested. Sophisticated communication equipment and camouflaged photography equipment were seized from them,” the army said in a statement.
“Those arrested also confessed to gathering information on the resistance movement and their positions and sent their information to the enemy.”
The members admitted to having been trained inside Israel and confessed that they were charged with recruiting people to work with the enemy and carry out bomb attacks in Sidon and its vicinity, the statement said.
The army said that one of the members of the spy ring was a “Palestinian officer with the rank of lieutenant colonel.”
The Palestinian is believed to be Sami Akkawi, a senior member of the Armed Struggle faction in Fateh movement in Sidon’s Ain Hilweh refugee camp, said the paper.
One other Palestinian is thought to be included in the ring, possibly Mohammed Ali Obeid, a colleague of Akkawi in the Armed Struggle faction, who was arrested by the authorities on unknown charges last week, the paper added – Albawaba.com