A Lebanese Shiite cleric known as a critic of Hizbullah has been arrested in Syria on suspicion of spying for Israel, a senior Lebanese security official said on Thursday. "Sheikh Hassan Msheymish was arrested in July in Syria based on data Lebanese police intelligence had sent to Syrian authorities indicating that he was implicated in collaborating with Israel," the official told AFP. Msheymish was still being interrogated by Syrian authorities as preliminary information gathered by Lebanese intelligence indicated he may have spying on targets in Syria, the official said.
He was arrested while on his way to Saudi Arabia to perform the omra, Lebanon's al-Akhbar daily reported Thursday. it quoted Lebanese security sources as saying that the suspect admitted to investigators in Syria that he was collaborating with a foreign security apparatus.