Arrest Warrant Issued against Ghabash for Framing Army Adjutantإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
First Examining Magistrate of Beirut Riad Abu Ghida on Monday issued an arrest warrant for the hacker Elie Ghabash on charges of “fabricating a spying for Israel case against army adjutant Ishaq Dgheim.”
The National News Agency said the arrest warrant was issued after Ghabash “confessed to all the charges.”
The hacker was arrested a few weeks ago on charges of framing the comedian Ziad Itani in a similar case. He has claimed that he had acted on instructions from Lt. Col. Suzanne al-Hajj, the former head of the anti-cyber crime bureau.
Itani was freed around a month ago as arrest warrants were issued for al-Hajj and Ghabash in the case.
According to media reports, Ghabash's wife has told interrogators that al-Hajj had offered her a bribe to convince her husband to retract his confession that he had acted on instructions from the sacked lieutenant colonel.
Media reports say al-Hajj had asked the hacker to fabricate electronic evidence against Itani to take revenge on him for posting a screenshot of a 'like' she had placed on a tweet by controversial TV director Charbel Khalil.
The 'like' cost al-Hajj her job as head of the ISF anti-cybercrime unit.
In the 2017 tweet, Khalil had quipped that “Saudi women are only allowed to drive if the car is booby-trapped.”
Media reports say al-Hajj and Ghabash are also involved in other hacking attacks.