3 Lebanese were sentenced to death by a military court on Friday for spying for
Israel, a judicial source said.
The tribunal "condemned to death Mussa Ali Mussa, who was found guilty of
having contacted the Israeli enemy and passing on information," the source
The court found that Mussa had passed on to the Jewish state between 2000 and
2010 "information on officials from Hezbollah," the powerful Lebanese Shiite
The court also condemned to death in absentia Ali Sweid and Ahmed Hussein
Abdullah on charges of spying for Israel.
Lebanese authorities in 2009 launched a national crackdown on alleged Israeli
espionage rings. Lebanon and Israel remain technically in a state of war and
convicted spies can face the death penalty.
More than 100 people have been arrested on suspicion of collaborating with
Israel's Mossad spy agency, including an army general, members of the security
forces and telecoms employees.
Several people have so far been sentenced to death, including one found guilty
of helping Israel during its devastating 2006 war with arch-enemy Hezbollah.
However, none of the death sentences has yet been carried out.
(source: The Daily Star)