Lebanon charges sheikh with spying for Israel

By REUTERS
June 1, 2011 14:49

 
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BEIRUT - Lebanon's military prosecutor charged a Shi'ite sheikh on Wednesday with spying for Israel, the first high-profile case of its kind in recent months.

Judge Sakr Sakr said Sheikh Mohammed Ali al-Husseini was accused of "dealing with the Israeli enemy, contacting them and dealing with foreign countries that deal with (Israel)", according to judicial sources.

Husseini, who was also charged with acquiring weapons, ran an organization called the Arab-Islamic Resistance which he said had 1,500 fighters, according to security sources.

Husseini was known to be critical of Hezbollah and its regional backers, Syria and Iran, and had claimed responsibility for firing rockets towards Israel two years ago, security sources said.

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