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Lebanese newspaper Al Diyar reported Thursday that a former Lebanese army
officer who is suspected of spying for Israel has fled Lebanon. The man is
currently in Frankfurt, the report said.
The suspect, Rasan al-Jud, is
suspected of aiding Israel with the help of employees at Alfa, the state-owned
mobile telecom company.
Lebanese security forces were searching for four
other suspects – all technicians from the company – who have also fled Lebanon,
the newspaper reported.
A German Foreign Ministry spokesman told The
Jerusalem Post that “the Foreign Ministry does not have any particular knowledge
about the news item.”
Also Thursday, Al-Jazeera reported that Lebanon
plans to file a complaint about Israeli “espionage” at the United Nations,
according to the country’s information minister, Tareq Mitri, who said a
detailed report would be presented to the Security Council later this
At least 35 suspects have been arrested since an investigation was
launched into allegations of spying by Israeli agents inside Lebanon in
In a related development, a Lebanese court sentenced a 58-year-old
Lebanese man to death on Wednesday after he was found guilty of spying
The military court headed by Brig.- Gen. Nizar Khalil ruled that
Hassan Ahmed al-Hussein gave Israel information on the location of the
leadership of the Shi’ite Hizbullah movement, the state-run National
Hussein was convicted of contacting Israeli intelligence services
in 2008, entering the Jewish state without Lebanon’s permission and
possession of weapons. The ruling is subject to appeal by Lebanon’s
court. The death sentence is the third handed down by a military court
defendant found guilty of spying for Israel.
Bloomberg and Benjamin
Weinthal contributed to this report.