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Bishara suspected of enemy ties

A former Israeli Arab lawmaker is suspected of aiding the enemy during
wartime, police said. An Israeli court allowed publication Wednesday of
details in the case against Azmi Bishara, who left the country
weeks ago and then tendered his resignation from the Knesset from abroad, saying he was
being persecuted by authorities in the Jewish state.

According to police,
Bishara is suspected of aiding Israel’s enemies during last year’s war
with Hezbollah and violating money-laundering laws. The police statement
appeared to suggest that Bishara has abetted Hezbollah, a Lebanese terrorist militia
with which he has openly sympathized.Bishara, 50, a fierce ideological opponent of the Jewish state, denied the
allegations. He has not said when or if he will return to Israel, citing
concern he could be arrested and mired in a lengthy prosecution.

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