Lebanon charges four Israel spies

Charges bring the number suspected of spying for Israel to 23 in last few months.

    If found guilty the suspected spies could be sentenced to death on charges of high treason [EPA]

    Warning to troops

    The Lebanese army warned its troops against Israeli attempts to infiltrate the military.

    Saturday's warning came days after security officials said authorities detained a Lebanese army colonel on suspicion of spying for Israel in the first case involving a high-ranking military officer.

    Since the hunt for spies began in April, Lebanon has arrested 35 people on suspicion of spying for Israel, Brigadier General Ashraf Rifi, a Lebanese police commander, told the Associated Press news agency.

    Lebanon considers itself at war with Israel and bans its citizens from having any contact with the country.

    Spying for or collaborating with Israel can be punishable by death.

    Some of the 23 people who have been charged are still at large.

    Those in custody have all been accused of providing intelligence to Israel on the Lebanese group Hezbollah, which fought a 34-day war with Israel in 2006 that killed 1,200 people in Lebanon and 159 in Israel.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    How the art world's hunger for ancient artefacts is destroying a centuries-old culture. A journey across the Himalayas.