A military court in Lebanon has sentenced a man to death after finding him guilty of spying for Israel’s intelligence service, Mossad.
According to the charge sheet, Amin Ibrahim al-Baba, a Lebanese, was convicted of providing Mossad with information that aided Israeli attacks on Lebanon in 2006.
"A military court has sentenced Amin Ibrahim al-Baba to death … for contacting Israeli intelligence and providing information that aided Israeli attacks on Lebanon," a judicial official told AFP on Friday.
He was also found guilty of spying on Lebanon’s Hezbollah Resistance Movement and the Islamic Jihad for several years and passing on the sensitive information about the movements to Israel in return for money.
The charge sheet said the information that Baba had transferred to Mossad facilitated the assassination of brothers Mahmud and Nidal Mazjoub of the Islamic Jihad movement in 2006.
He was also found guilty of entering Lebanon’s archenemy, Israel. Lebanon and Israel are technically in a state of war.
Baba, 44, was arrested in the southern coastal city of Sidon in April 2006, when Beirut launched a nationwide crackdown on Israeli spy cells.
So far, more than 100 people, including members of the country’s security forces and telecommunications personnel, have been arrested on suspicion of spying for Israel’s notorious intelligence service.
A number of the suspects have admitted to their role in helping Israel identify targets inside Lebanon, mostly belonging to Hezbollah, which Tel Aviv heavily bombed during its 2006 war against the country.
If convicted, the spies will face life sentences with hard labor. Should they be found guilty of contributing to the loss of Lebanese life, the agents will face the capital punishment.