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August 22, 2003
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A trial in Lebanon has begun for a Canadian missionary accused of spying for Israel. Bruce Balfour, 52, who was jailed upon his July 10 arrival in Beirut after being charged in absentia, says his visits to Lebanon are part of a project to replant the country’s cedar forests. The hearing on Wednesday included testimony from an Agriculture Ministry official and the head of an environmental group in southern Lebanon, Reuters reported. The next hearing, scheduled for Aug. 27, is expected to include additional witness testimony and a trial verdict. Canadian authorities are following the case closely.

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