Lebanese tribunal sentences three ‘spies’ to death


(JTA) — A Lebanese military court sentenced three Lebanese to death for spying for Israel.

Naharnet, a Lebanese news website, reported Feb. 24 that Moussa Ali Moussa had been convicted for "having contacted the Israeli enemy and passing on information."

Two other Lebanese men, Ali Sweid and Ahmed Hussein Abdullah, were sentenced in absentia. More than 100 people have been arrested since 2009 for spying for Israel, the news site said.

A week earlier, a military court sentenced Haitham Sahmarani, a retired member of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces, after he allegedly confessed to spying for Israel. Sahmarani was accused of relaying to Israel possible hideouts for Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah.

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