Court sentences to death a Lebanese over spying for Israel


A Lebanese military court on Wednesday sentenced Hassan Ahmed al-Hussein, a former school principal to death on charges of spying for Israel in 2008, a judicial official told reporters

The court found that Hussein, 58, provided Israel with information concerning the leadership of Hezbollah and the location of sites used by the party, which fought a devastating war with Israel in July 2006.

Lebanon has arrested more than 70 people since last year on suspicion of spying for Israel, including members of the country’s security forces.

Last week another Lebanese man was sentenced to death by the military court for spying for Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency and aiding Israel in the 2006 war.

The sentences come amid controversy following the recent arrests on spying charges of three employees at Lebanon’s Alfa mobile service provider.

Hezbollah’s parliamentary bloc urged in a statement on Wednesday the uncovering and execution of individuals charged with collaborating with Israel.

Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces informed Hezbollah last week of the names of three senior party members suspected of collaborating with Israel, Lebanese media reported.

According to the Lebanese daily An-Nahar, quoting an anonymous source, Hezbollah official Wafiq Safa was told of the three suspects’ involvement.