Lebanese man sentenced to death for spying for Israel

Amin al-Baba found guilty of giving Israeli intelligence agents information in return for money between 1997-2009.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS, JPOST.COM STAFF
February 18, 2011 13:38
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Lebanese man sentenced to death for spying for Israel

Lebanon Israel spies 248.88. (photo credit: AP [file])

BEIRUT— A Lebanese military court convicted a man of spying for Israel and sentenced him to death late Thursday.

Lebanon and Israel technically remain at war, and more than 100 people in Lebanon have been arrested since 2009 on suspicion of collaborating with the Jewish state.

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Amin al-Baba was found guilty of giving Israeli intelligence agents information in return for money. He was also found guilty of entering an enemy state. The rulings can be appealed.

Al-Baba, who was sentenced late Thursday, had been spying for Israel from 1997 until his 2009 arrest.

The new sentence brings the number of people sentenced to death for spying for Israel to nine.

In August, Arab media sources reported that Lebanon had put together a list of 150 cases of espionage, intended to be filed as a complaint against Israel to the UN Security Council.

In December, Lebanon filed a complaint against Israel with the UN Security Council following the discovery of two alleged Israeli spying devices on Mount Sannine, which overlooks Beirut and the eastern Bekaa Valley, and Mount Barouk, southeast of the capital.

The Lebanese Foreign Ministry said that the complaint claimed that Israel "planted two spying devices on Mount Barouk and Mount Sannine in order to gather and transmit information, and in order to serve as a means of communication between Israeli spies on Lebanese territory."


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