Nasr Allah murder plot: five charged

Lebanon has accused five people of plotting with Israel to assassinate the head of the Lebanese political group Hizb Allah.

    The Hizb Allah chief is said to be an Israeli assassination target

    Judicial sources said on Tuesday that c

    harges have been filed by a Lebanese military prosecutor against a

    Palestinian woman, Jamal Zaroura, and four others.

    The charges include

    forming an armed group to commit crimes, blow up military

    targets and assassinate Hizb Allah head Shaikh Hasan Nasr Allah.

    The charges also include conspiring with Israel and

    trafficking Israeli-made poisonous goods intended for

    distribution in Lebanon and other Arab countries.

    Lebanese authorities have previously said Zaroura was

    recruited by Israel's external intelligence agency Mossad in Tunisia to build a spy ring in

    Lebanon.

    However, a Tunisian official said no one with that name held a

    Tunisian passport or used that identity to enter the country.

    Security as usual

    The charges against the five, who have been in custody since

    early June, could carry a jail term of life with hard labour.

    A Hizb Allah spokesman told Aljazeera.net he was not surprised by the alleged plot because he was sure Israel would try to kill Nasr Allah if it could.

    Hizb Allah fighters are credited
    with ending Israeli occupation

    But he added: "Despite the recent Israeli murders of the Hamas leaders (

    Shaykh Ahma Yasin and Abd al-Aziz al-Rantisi), Hasan Nasr Allah will not be taking any more security measures than usual.

    "In fact, if he has to die fighting Israeli aggression then he would welcome it."

    Nasr Allah lost his 18-year-old son Hadi in a Hizb Allah resistance strike against Israeli forces in 1997. 

    Lebanon has in recent years prosecuted several people in

    connection with plots against Syrian and Iranian-backed

    Hizb Allah, which helped force Israel out of south

    Lebanon in 2000 after a 22-year occupation.

    Israel assassinated Hizb Allah's leader Abbas al-Musawi in

    1992 in an air strike on his car that also killed his

    wife and son.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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