Israel-Lebanon border 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Karamallah Daher)
The Haifa District Attorney’s Office on Thursday filed an indictment against
Simon Sa’adati in the Acre Magistrate’s Court for leaving the country illegally,
following his recent dramatic incursion into Lebanon which temporarily both
confused and transfixed the country.
The indictment states that at 2:45
p.m. on May 1, Sa’adati, 36, climbed the fence on the Lebanese border and
entered Lebanese territory.
According to a report in the Beirut-based
Daily Star, Sa’adati jumped over the border fence south of the city of Nakoura,
where the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon has its
The Lebanese Army apprehended him soon after he entered
Lebanon and interrogated him, the Lebanese newspaper quoted security sources as
Representatives of the Red Cross met with him following his
arrest while he was in a prison in Tyre and reported he was in good
The IDF confirmed that a person was seen crossing into Lebanon
and that the army turned to UNIFIL with a request for further
Sa’adati reportedly suffers from a mental illness, and was
handed over to the International Red Cross after three days of interrogations by
the Lebanese army intelligence, said Lebanese TV station LBCI News.
May 5, Sa’adati was returned to Israel by the Red Cross at the Rosh Hanikra
The state has requested to remand Sa’adati to police custody
until the end of the proceedings, citing his alleged dangerous and unpredictable
behavior in crossing into Lebanon.Yaakov Lappin contributed to this