Lebanon Court Sentences 40 for \'Collaboration with Israel\'

Published December 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Beirut's military court sentenced overnight 40 Lebanese for collaboration with the "enemy" Israel, judicial sources said Thursday. 

Three people were given 15-year jail sentences in absentia, while the 37 others received prison terms ranging between three weeks and three years. 

Two more persons were found not guilty for the same charges and another two had charges dropped because they had collaborated with Lebanese security services during the Israeli occupation that ended in May. 

The court's latest round brings to 1,993 the number of Lebanese tried for "collaboration" since June 5, out of a total of more than 2,200 people who have been accused and detained by Lebanese authorities. 

The court has so far sentenced 11 people to death and three others to life in prison, all in absentia. 

Three former members of the now-disbanded Israeli-allied South Lebanon Army militia have died in prison, and Amnesty International has denounced the conditions in which suspects are being held and alleged that some of them have been tortured. 

The London-based human rights group has denounced the mass trials as a "parody of justice." -- BEIRUT (AFP) 



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