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Lebanese Security Arrest Two Landline Employees in Israeli Spy Allegations

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Two employees of the Lebanese landline network, Ogero have been arrested and charged with spying for Israel.

Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr charged the men -- Shawqi Zantout and Walid Qaddoura -- on suspicion of dialing Israeli phone numbers and demanding rewards in exchange for information on missing Israeli Army airman Ron Arad.

Arad was shot down over Lebanon in 1986.

They said the two men were trailed for weeks and arrested last week in the southern coastal city of Sidon after telecommunications analysis by Lebanese security forces suggested they were in contact with Israeli intelligence.

Late last year, a former employee at the Lebanese mobile phone network, Alfa was sentenced to seven years of hard labour in prison for collaborating with Israel.

The government has been engaged in a wide-spread clampdown on spying and over 70 people have been arrested since April 2009. As Lebanon remains technically at war with its southern neighbour, being convicted of spying can lead to the death penalty.

On the web: Daily Star


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