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Thursday, 04 March 2010

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Editors note: Who spied on all the M14 members during and after the Hariri Assassination? Who used this information to Assassinate Lebanese figures?

Hizbullah: All Foreigners in Lebanon are Possibly Spy Agents

Security must be stepped up for all foreigners entering Lebanon as they could be secret agents like those who murdered a top Hamas militant in Dubai, Hizbullah MP Nawaf Moussawi told AFP.

"We must tighten foreign passport control at the airport and elsewhere in the country," Moussawi said.

"Every Lebanese and Arab must deal with holders of foreign passports as potential spies."

Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a founder of the military wing of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, was found dead in his luxurious Dubai hotel room on January 20.

Dubai police have said he was drugged then suffocated in what they say was a Cold War-style hit carried out by Israel's Mossad secret service.

British, Irish, French, Australian and German passports were used in the murder, the police said.

Moussawi slammed European states for failing to "assume responsibility for the violation of their sovereignty" over the use of their passports by Mabhouh's killers in Dubai.

"If European countries do not respect their own passport-holders... then they must expect they will be treated with suspicion," he said.

Moussawi said Israeli journalists with EU passports had also entered Lebanon in 2006 during the Shiite militant party's devastating war with the Jewish state.

"It happened in Lebanon in 2006, so the risk of it happening again is more than likely," said the MP.

Lebanese authorities have made dozens of arrests in an expanding crackdown on Israeli espionage rings launched last year.

Lebanon and Israel remain technically at a state of war, and convicted spies face life in prison with hard labor or the death penalty if found guilty of contributing to Lebanese loss of life.

Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Monday called for any Lebanese citizens convicted of spying for the Jewish state in a series of trials in recent months to be hanged.

Retired security official Mahmoud Qassem Rafeh, 63, was sentenced to death last month for espionage on behalf of Israel.

He was also convicted for involvement in a 2006 car bombing in the southern coastal town of Sidon that killed brothers Mahmoud and Nidal Mazjoub, members of Islamic Jihad.

A Lebanese arrested last month on suspicion of spying for Israel on Monday also confessed to his involvement a 2004 bomb attack that killed Hizbullah official Ghaleb Awali, a security source told AFP.

Israel has made no public comment on the arrests.(AFP)
 
 
 

Beirut, 04 Mar 10, 07:12

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Moussawi: Every Lebanese and Arab Must Deal with Holders of Foreign Passports as Potential Spies

Security must be stepped up for all foreigners entering Lebanon as they could be secret agents like those who murdered a top Hamas official in Dubai, Hizbullah MP Nawwaf al-Moussawi said on Tuesday.

"We must tighten foreign passport control at the airport and elsewhere in the country," Moussawi told AFP.

"Every Lebanese and Arab must deal with holders of foreign passports as potential spies."

Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a founder of the military wing of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, was found dead in his luxurious Dubai hotel room on January 20.

Dubai police have said he was drugged then suffocated in what they say was a Cold War-style hit carried out by Israel's Mossad secret service.

British, Irish, French, Australian and German passports were used in the murder, the police said.

Moussawi slammed European states for failing to "assume responsibility for the violation of their sovereignty" over the use of their passports by Mabhouh's killers in Dubai.

"If European countries do not respect their own passport-holders... then they must expect they will be treated with suspicion," he said.

Moussawi said Israeli journalists with EU passports had also entered Lebanon in 2006 during the devastating war with the Jewish state.

"It happened in Lebanon in 2006, so the risk of it happening again is more than likely," said the MP.

Lebanese authorities have made dozens of arrests in an expanding crackdown on Israeli espionage rings launched last year.

Lebanon and Israel remain technically at a state of war, and convicted spies face life in prison with hard labor or the death penalty if found guilty of contributing to Lebanese loss of life.

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Monday called for any Lebanese citizens convicted of spying for the Jewish state in a series of trials in recent months to be hanged.

A Lebanese arrested last month on suspicion of spying for Israel on Monday also confessed to his involvement a 2004 bomb attack that killed Hizbullah official Ghaleb Awali, a security source told AFP.

Israel has made no public comment on the arrests.(Naharnet-AFP)
 
 
 

Beirut, 02 Mar 10, 16:15
 
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