Itani charged with collaborating with Israel

The case has gripped Lebanon at a time of heightened domestic tension over the resignation of the Saudi-backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

29 November 2017 | 17:45

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 29 November 2017 | 17:45

A file picture taken on July 18, 2013, shows Lebanese writer and actor Ziad Itani performing on stage in the capital Beirut. (AFP Photo)

BEIRUT: Lebanon's chief military prosecutor has indicted actor and writer Ziad Itani on charges of collaborating with Israel and possessing drugs.

The prosecutor's statement Thursday came nearly a week after Itani's arrest. Itani was accused of collaborating with an Israeli female spy to collect information about Lebanese politicians and journalists.

The case has gripped Lebanon at a time of heightened domestic tension over the resignation of the Saudi-backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

According to interrogation leaks, Itani has reportedly collaborated with a Mossad agent to gather information about political developments following Hariri's resignation, and specifically about Interior Minister Nouhad Mashnouq, a member of Hariri's Future Movement. Itani has apparently admitted to the charges.

No trial date has been set.

Lebanon and Israel are formally at war and collaborating with Israel can be punishable by death.

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