Lebanon to present to UN a list of 150 Israeli spy cases


Lebanon has compiled a list of 150 cases of espionage, intended to be filed as a complaint against Israel to the UN Security Council, Arab media sources have reported.

Lebanese Justice Minister Ibrahim Najjar has announced that the file was submitted to the Foreign Ministry and would be presented to the Security Council following its discussion in government.

“The list cites some 150 cases which the law has managed to put its hand on, (including people) of all communities and denominations,” Najjar told the London-based Arab daily Al-Hayyat, adding that it included findings that were “hardly believable.”

Lebanon has previously filed an official complaint to the UN regarding Israel’s alleged attempts at recruiting spies in the country. President Michel Suleiman raised the issue in his meeting with American Vice President Joseph Biden in May.

“Wherever you dig in Lebanon you find a spy,” Hilal Khashan, a professor of political science at the American University of Beirut told The Media Line. He said espionage has reached endemic proportions in Lebanon over the past few years, which has embarrassed the country.

On Saturday a Lebanese prosecuting judge accused Milad Eid, a former employee of state telecom firm Ogero of “dealing with the Israeli enemy … giving them technical information in his position as head of international communications at the Telecommunications Ministry,” Lebanon’s The Daily Star reported today.

Last week Lebanon arrested Fayez Karam, a member of Michel ‘Aoun’s Christian Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) and an ex-general on suspicion of spying for Israel. Karam was the first senior political figure in Lebanon to be arrested on such charges. Arab news