BEIRUT: The judiciary will decide "tomorrow or Wednesday" whether Lebanese actor Ziad Itani, who was arrested late last year on charges of collaborating with Israel, will be released, his attorney announced Monday.
Itani was arrested in November 2017 after being accused of collaborating with an Israeli female spy to collect information about Lebanese politicians and journalists.
Yet the case took a bizarre twist last week after the Information Branch of Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces said that Major Susan Hajj Hobeiche, the former head of the Anti-Cybercrime and Intellectual Property Bureau, was suspected of hiring a hacker to frame Itani whom she blames for her ouster from her previous post.
Lebanon's Military Tribunal filed a lawsuit against Hobeiche and suspected hacker Elie Ghabash, an informant with State Security, on the grounds of criminal defamation and piracy.
The case was referred to Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghaida, who is currently questioning Ghabash at the Military Tribunal in Beirut. Hobieche is expected to be questioned in the coming hours.
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