Death sentence for spies in Lebanon

Two men convicted for espionage on Israel's behalf.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS, JPOST.COM STAFF
August 18, 2010 09:33
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FORMER LEBANESE Brig.-Gen. Fayez Karam (right) listens as Michel Aoun, head of the Christian Free Pa

Lebanon 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

 
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A Lebanese judicial official says a military court has convicted two men of spying for Israel during the 2006 war and sentenced them to death.

The official said Antoine Atmi recruited Osama Berri and they both gave information to Israel during the war, which resulted in the deaths of fellow citizens.

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Berri was present in the courtroom on Tuesday, while Atmi was sentenced in absentia, the official said on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Berri and Atmi can appeal.

The new sentences bring the number of people sentenced to death for spying for Israel to five.

Earlier this month, a former Lebanese army general and Christian party member has been charged by a Lebanese military prosecutor with spying for Israel, Reuters reported.

Lebanon also put together a list of 150 cases of espionage, intended to be filed as a complaint against Israel to the UN Security Council, Arab media sources have reported. Lebanese Justice Minister Ibrahim Najjar has announced that the file was submitted to the Foreign Ministry and would be presented to the Security Council following its discussion in the government.

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