Lebanese Court Sentences 65 SLA Members up to 15 Years

Published June 29th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A Beirut military court sentenced another 65 Lebanese accused of collaborating with Israel to jail terms of between three weeks and 15 years in prison, reported the Daily Star newspaper, quoting a judicial source. 

The sentences were handed down overnight after another in a string of marathon court sessions to try the more than 2,200 Lebanese accused of collaborating during Israel's 22-year occupation of south Lebanon. 

The heaviest sentence Wednesday was 15 years in prison, handed down in absentia. The other sentences did not exceed five years but most defendants were also barred from returning to live in southern Lebanon, said the paper. 

A charge of obtaining Israeli nationality was dropped against one man for lack of evidence, but he was convicted of going to Israel to work, added the paper. 

The tribunal, which has met three times a week since June 5th, has so far sentenced 533 Lebanese. All sentences can be appealed. 

According to the paper, Lebanese who enrolled in the SLA and held low positions without evidence that they committed exactions have generally been sentenced to one year in prison and those who entered "enemy territory" to one or two months in jail - Albawaba.com 

 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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