Arrest Warrant for Lebanese-American Who Worked for Israel

W460

A Lebanese judge issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for a Lebanese American who confessed he'd worked for Israel during its occupation of Lebanon for nearly two decades, Lebanese judicial officials said.

The officials said acting military investigative judge Najat Abu Shakra postponed the questioning of Amer Fakhoury at the Military Court in Beirut pending permission from Lebanon's Bar Association for an American lawyer to attend.

The officials said Fakhoury told the judge he wants the American lawyer to be present and since she had no permission from the Bar Association, the judge decided to postpone the questioning. No date has been set for the next session, said the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Fakhoury was detained after returning to his native Lebanon from the U.S. earlier this month. He had worked as a senior warden at the Khiam Prison in southern Lebanon that was run by an Israeli-backed militia, known as the South Lebanon Army, until Israel ended an 18-year occupation of the area in 2000.

"The Department of State does not comment on cases involving American citizens due to privacy considerations," a State Department official said.

Outside the court, scores of people gathered, including former Khiam prison detainees, some of whom demanded the death penalty for Fakhoury.

"First of all we want the military court to deliver the death sentence by hanging for Amer Fakhoury and all those like him, whether they are inside Lebanon or outside, who are trying to erase their history and to return to Lebanon," said Firyal Hammoud, former inmate of Khiam prison. "We do not accept less than a public death sentence."

Lebanon and Israel have been officially at war since Israel's creation in 1948.

Human rights groups have said in the past that Khiam prison was a site of torture and detention without trial before it was abandoned in 2000. Israel denies the allegations.

Hundreds of former Lebanese members of the militia had fled to Israel, fearing reprisals if they remained in Lebanon. Others stayed and faced trial, receiving lenient sentences.

Fakhoury was living in Dover, New Hampshire and local media reported that the family owns a restaurant there. New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu once met them at a grape leaves-making contest and talked about their shared Lebanese heritage, according to local media.

Comments 9
Thumb s.o.s 18 September 2019, 11:48

Funny how the amnesty law law voted under Syrian occupation of Lebanon only applies to politicians, the war criminals like Aoun, Berri, jumblatt or Nasrala but not this guy. yet Amer Fakhoury has blood on his hands, but far less than each one of the above mentioned criminals. Perhaps, the time has come to revoke the amnesty law and have them all sent to the Hague for a Nuremberg/Tokyo style trial.

Missing Geralt 18 September 2019, 13:21

You're usually right s.o.s but this time I feel you're being lenient... Aoun, Geagea, Berri, Jumblat, and Nasrallah should all go to hell and beyond as they all participated in monstrous acts against the Lebanese people.
So now they want to hang Amer Fakhoury but it is ok to let an accused criminal like Ayyash on the loose; nicely done Justice minister of the FPM let us see what you are about to do with these two cases.

Thumb ex-fpm 18 September 2019, 12:11

Nassrallah admits openly he works for Iran, why is he not arrested?

Thumb justin 18 September 2019, 13:35

treason is relative

Thumb zahle1 18 September 2019, 16:54

Why is it only treason for some people? For many Lebanese they were harmed, kidnapped and tortured during Syrian occupation. They were afraid to say any word against the Syrians. They had extremely aggressive checkpoints that infringed on the rights of Lebanese. How come those that were Syrian agents and employed by the Syrian regime can walk around free? This guy was fighting to protect where he lived from armed militias too. What makes HA any better than him? I don't like this one bit.

Missing rami 19 September 2019, 12:32

(Arrest Warrant for Lebanese-American Who Worked for Israel)
Why no arrest warrants for the Lebanese-Iranians who work for Iran?

Missing phillipo 22 September 2019, 20:00

OK, so someone has the b..ls to issue arrest warrants. But who is there to carry them out. When was the last time LAF or Police dared enter Hizballahland?

Missing Geralt 19 September 2019, 13:08

@ s.o.s

"they're cooking something and i'm still trying to figure out what the trap is, just to know à quelle sauce on va être mangés."

I was wondering about the same thing dear... there is something very fishy about this whole affaire; Allah yestor or shall we say Nasrallah yestor!

Thumb s.o.s 20 September 2019, 00:01

Fishy to the bone. Moreover, I’m intrigued by the Lebanese embassy inviting this Amer guy in presence of the LAF General joe Aoun. They claim he was one of many guests and ignored his track records but I can tell you that I know influential and successful Lebanese Americans doing great work over there making the whole country proud whom don’t get invited to such events.

So, it means the ambassador wanted him there !fishy fishy...