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The justice system in Lebanon is leaning towards deporting Daniel Sharon from the country, a Lebanese paper reported early Monday morning.
According to the report in Al Ahbar, if proof is found that the Israeli committed no criminal offense and did not break Lebanese law, he will be expelled from the country.
The paper said that Lebanese Armed Forces intelligence officials have so far found no incriminating evidence against Sharon, who has been in custody since last week.
Later in the day, a Lebanese security official said the Israeli did not appear to be involved in espionage, and that the investigation was still underway.
According to Lebanese reports, Sharon, 35, was detained in connection with an investigation into the murder of a Lebanese citizen in Beirut's southern suburbs. Only after the arrest did it surface that Sharon, who holds both Israeli and German passports, had visited Lebanon 11 times as a German citizen over the past two years.
On Sunday, Sharon's father, Moshe, told The Jerusalem Post that he hoped there was "someone out there who could help free his son, someone who has direct contact with the authorities [in Lebanon]."
Sharon insisted on his son's innocence, saying he "is a good boy, he does not smoke or drink." He said he only found out about his son's arrest Saturday night, when details of the case were leaked to the international media.
Ruth Eglash and AP contributed to this report.
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