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Another Alfa employee arrested in Lebanon

Technician charged with spying for Israel and could face the death penalty

Both technicians were employees of Lebanese operator, Alfa.
Both technicians were employees of Lebanese operator, Alfa.

A second employee at Alfa, one of the two state-owned operators in Lebanon, has been arrested and charged with spying for Israel.

The news, based on an AFP report, is based on comments made by State Minister Jean Ogassapian, who told journalists that Defence Minister Elias Murr recently informed the Council of Ministers "of a new arrest" in the case of Israeli collaborators.

Alfa employee Charbel Azzi was arrested last month as part of a nation-wide crackdown on suspected Israeli espionage rings launched in April last year.

A source close to the investigation told AFP that the second person arrested was an "accomplice of Charbel Azzi."

The suspect apparently confessed to planting programs and electronic chips, provided to him by Israel's secret service agency, into Alfa's transmission stations, according to Lebanese Arabic daily, As-Safir.

If convicted, the spies face life in prison with hard labour or the death penalty if found guilty of contributing to loss of Lebanese life.