Cyprus criminal court convicts Hezbollah member
By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
March 21, 2013 13:27
BERLIN- A criminal court on Thursday in the city of Limassol convicted Hossam Taleb Yaacoub of membership in a criminal organization. The dual Swedish-Lebanese citizen admitted last month that he was a membership of Hezbollah and engaged in surveillance of Israeli tourists.
His conviction is the first time that a Hezbollah member has been found guilty of criminal activity with respect to the targeting of Israeli citizens in a European court.
Yaacoub faces eight charges in the criminal court in the city of Limassol. The court is slated to sentence him on March 28.
Hezbollah is not listed a terror organization within the EU. Cyprus reduced the charges against Yaacoub from terrorism charges to criminal charges last year.
Yaacoub admitted that Hezbollah's job was to observes Jews across the globe and he watched Israeli flights land in Cyprus. A few weeks after his activities, two alleged Hezbollah operatives engaged in similar activity and participated in the bombing of an Israeli tour bus in the Black Sea resort of Burgas.