State indicts man who jumped fence into Lebanon

Haifa District Attorney's Office files indictment against Simon Sa'dati for illegal departure from Israel.

Israel-Lebanon border 370 (photo credit: REUTERS/Karamallah Daher)
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 headquarters.
The Lebanese Army apprehended him soon after he entered Lebanon and interrogated him, the Lebanese newspaper quoted security sources as saying.
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 condition.
The IDF confirmed that a person was seen crossing into Lebanon and that the army turned to UNIFIL with a request for further information.
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.
On May 5, Sa’adati was returned to Israel by the Red Cross at the Rosh Hanikra crossing.
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 report.