The Permanent Military Tribunal headed by Brig. Gen. Nizar Khalil on Friday sentenced to death Haitham al-Sahmarani, a retired Internal Security Forces first sergeant, on charges of collaboration with Israel.
Upon his arrest in 2009 Sahmarani confessed to collaborating, along with his wife, with the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency.
With the help of his sister who had fled to Israel in 2000, Sahmarani began his relation with the Israelis in 2004.
The sister, Sahera al-Sahmarani, and her husband Mohammed Amin Khazaal were sentenced to death in absentia on Friday.
Hizbullah’s mouthpiece, Al-Manar television, said “Sahmarani met with Israeli officers in Turkey and Israel and gave coordinates to the enemy during the (2006) July war of (Hizbullah chief) Sayyed (Hassan) Nasrallah's possible locations.”
Separately, the military tribunal sentenced Ragheda Daher to two years hard labor on charges of spying for Israel.
And it handed a similar verdict to Assem Hammoud, who had been accused of plotting to bomb train tunnels in the U.S.
More than 100 people have been arrested on suspicion of spying for the Israeli Mossad since April 2009, including members of the security forces and telecom employees.
Several have since been sentenced to death.
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