A third member of a "professional and well-trained network" was detained on suspicion of spying for Israel, Arab media reports said Thursday. According to the reports, security forces arrested G. Alam, a General Security Department Corporal, in the border town of Naqoura and then raided his home in the town of Rmeish in Bin Jbeil province.
Pan-Arab daily al-Hayat said security forces seized a computer from his house. His uncle, Adib Alam who is a retired Lebanese general, was arrested on Saturday at his office near Beirut on suspicion of spying for Israel. The detention of the ex-general from the General Security Department along with his wife Hayat is among several arrests in recent months linked to spying for Israel.
Adib Alam has allegedly used the business he owned, which managed foreign domestic workers, as a cover for intelligence work. As Safir daily said security forces are expected to make more arrests.
Hizbullah's Deputy Secretary-General Naim Qassem said Wednesday that "security forces monitored the movements of Adib Alam and asked Hizbullah for information on him." "Preliminary information indicates he had been working as a spy for Israel for over 25 years and retired from his position in national security eight years ago," Qassem said. "His arrest was a major achievement," he noted.
A security source told As Safir that "investigation could take a long time" because this is a "professional and well-trained network."
Adib Alam's wife, according to the source, also unveiled during investigation that her husband began spying for Israel in 1982 and not in 1984 as claimed by him.