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Lebanon Army Sentences 6 To Die

March 21, 1999

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) _ A Lebanese military court has sentenced six Lebanese to death for collaborating with Israel, according to the official National News Agency.

The court convicted the six of ``contacting the Israeli enemy and its agents and passing on information to its advantage″ as well as entering Israel without Lebanese government permission, the agency reported. The court also sentenced 15 others to varying prison terms on charges of collaborating with Israel.

Lebanon is technically at war with Israel and bans any dealings with the Jewish state, which occupies a belt along the two countries’ shared border as a self-declared ``security zone.″ The convictions and sentences were handed down Saturday.

Last month, State Prosecutor Nasri Lahoud indicted 201 Lebanese citizens on charges of collaborating with Israel. The vast majority of those indicted remain at large.

The charges against them included contact with Israel and its agents, passing on information to Israel’s advantage and travel to Israel without Lebanese government permission. However, it was not clear whether the six sentenced to death were among them.

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