A university student accused of communicating with an Israeli officer and attempting to recruit others to collaborate with Israel denied Wednesday any wrongdoing at the Military Tribunal. The 22-year-old defendant, Ali H., denied the accusations, saying that he had “just [been] childish.”
According to a judicial source, a witness and former friend of Ali, Roda H., gave testimony before the Tribunal, headed by Judge Hussein Abdallah, saying the suspect had bragged to him about his Skype talks with an Israeli officer.
Roda said that Ali had received $100 per week from the woman. Roda then informed “a political party” in Lebanon of what Ali was allegedly doing.
“One of his friends informed Hezbollah what Ali had said, and he was arrested eight months ago,” the judicial source said.
After hearing Roda’s testimony, Judge Abdullah asked for a response from Ali, who denied the claims. “All that happened was something childish ... about five years ago,” Ali said. His attorney then interrupted, saying that the incident had taken place seven years ago and that his client had stopped talking to the Israeli when he found out her nationality. “He was in touch with someone named Jan, but when he learned the person was Jewish, he cut off all communication,” the attorney said.
The Military Tribunal Tuesday sentenced seven Lebanese nationals to hard labor for collaborating with Israel. The defendants were tried in absentia and the Tribunal has called for the enforcement of the arrest warrants against them and to strip them of their rights as Lebanese citizens.
Four of the suspects had crossed into Israeli territory, collaborated with Israel and received Israeli citizenship, the state-run National News Agency reported.
Salam Fakhoury, Assaad Sakr and Antoinette al-Naddaf were each sentenced in absentia to 15 years of hard labor.
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