Charbel brands collaboration with Israel ‘worst crime’


Lebanon Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said Wednesday that collaborating with the Israeli “enemy” was the worst crime.

The minister was speaking during a meeting with a committee comprised of representatives of captives incarcerated in Israel and former prisoners in Israeli jails, according to the National News Agency (NNA).

The committee’s members explained to Charbel their mission is to prevent Israeli agents from walking free, since “it [tarnishes] the sacrifices [made by] prisoners and martyrs.”

“Lebanon cannot [survive without] a controlled security situation and an independent and effective judicial [authority],” the NNA quoted Charbel as saying.

“No crime is worse than collaborating with the enemy,” he added.

Charbel called for non-inference in the affairs of the judicial authority, “for it to fully complete its role.”

He also promised the representatives to support their demands and voiced his surprise over judicial decisions allowing the release of a few prisoners who had been convicted of spying for Israel.

More than 100 people have been arrested on suspicion of spying for the Israeli secret service Mossad since April 2009, including members of the security forces and telecom employees.

In April 2012, a Lebanese ex-general convicted of leaking information to Israel was released from prison.

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