Court sentences IDF tracker who spied for Hizbullah to 11 year term

September 4, 2008 19:24


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Sergeant Major Louis Balut, convicted of spying for Hizbullah during the Second Lebanon War, will spend 11 years in jail, an IDF Military court ruled on Thursday evening. Balut, the first Christian tracker in the IDF, was convicted of giving sensitive military information to Hizbullah and of holding contacts with a foreign agent between December 2007 and February 2008. Balut was not convicted on counts of treason and aiding the enemy in wartime, which appeared in the original indictment and for which he would have received far more serious punishment. Balut was convicted of giving the sensitive information to Hizbullah as part of a drug deal with three Lebanese people associated with the Islamist group.

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