Lebanon charges Karam with spying for Israel


Judge Saqr Saqr, a Lebanese military prosecutor charged on Tuesday Free Patriotic Movement official who was formerly an army general with spying for Israel, the first politician to be charged in a widening espionage case.

Saqr charged Fayez Karam of dealing with “the enemy’s intelligence and meeting their officers abroad, and giving them information by phone”, according to the charge sheet.

Saqr referred Karam to Military Magistrate Riad Abu Ghida for questioning and the issuance of an arrest warrant against him.

Karam, 62, a retired Lebanese army officer and a senior official of General Michel Aoun’s FPM , was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of spying for Israel.

National News Agency said Saqr also pressed similar charges against fugitive Elias Karam and all others shown by the investigation as dealing with the Israeli Mossad secret service, engaging in plots, meeting Israeli officers abroad, following-up on information given by telephone, as well as providing data on the FPM and Hezbollah and other parties and what goes on in meetings and closed-door gatherings held among leaders and cadres of the two parties in addition to receiving cash payments and possession of weapons.

On Monday, State Prosecutor Saeed Mirza obtained the case file of Fayez Karam and referred the file to Saqr after reviewing it.

Karam and Aoun went into exile in France following Aoun’s defeat by the Syrian army in 1990 and both returned to Lebanon in May 2005 , 11 days following the withdrawal of the Syrian army from Lebanon.

Based on articles 274-278 of the Lebanese law , those convicted of spying for Israel could face the death sentence.



8 responses to “Lebanon charges Karam with spying for Israel”

  1. Leb-Syrian Avatar

    Good Riddens

  2. Even if Israel wanted to control Lebanon, it couldn’t as it has learnt from the Palestinians. Israel wants to be a Jewish state and cannot take in more people of other groups and nor can it control a large group of them. As such, the only way to maintain Lebanese indepdendence is to make peace with us.

    1. WRONG. israel wants to push all palestinians onto arab states. it wants to annex our land which is why it always gives excuses for its reasonings to attack, so it can displace more poor palestinians on our border.

    2. Wrong Adam if israel wants peace it would stop building the settlements. I know i am diverting to different subject. But they think of arabs as lower then them and they want to humilate them. Think about the recent visit by Donna Shalillah to israel. They knew she was a prior US gov’t official. They knew she was born to lebenase immigrant and yet i heard they humilated her at the airport for hours. This is a person who was a clinton aid and never acted against israel or ever said anything bad about israel. If you’re going to make enemy with this person then what do you expect us to feel about israel and israelis in general?

      1. Israeli security ople who questioned her probably had no idea who she was. I agree that the whole thing was humiliating, especially that she came to Israel to support it.

        Unfortunately the reality is such that they have to be openly profiling people, otherwise the world would hear of more terrorist attacks in Israel.

    3. Exactly what Tony said, Israel will not have to take on any people, it wants to be a jewish state, therefore pushing out as many palestinians as they can…and where are they gonna go? to the neighboring arab countries…

      I hear it constantly here from the jewish community:”they have so many arab lands, why dont they just go there and leave israel to the jews?”

      of course they give no right to return to any of the millions of displaced palestinian refugees and we have to deal with armed palestinians in our country!!!

  3. aoun soon will be asking for visitation rights.


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