Lebanese charged with spying for Israel

A photo released by the Lebanese Army shows spying devices in the Mount Sannine, which overlooks eastern Beirut and the Bekaa Valley. (File photo)

A top military court in Lebanon has charged a Lebanese national with collaborating with the Israeli spying agency and passing information on the whereabouts of the Hezbollah leader, Press TV reports.

The man identified by Lebanese media as Talal Khalil Chahine reportedly disclosed information to Israel about security bases belonging to the Hezbollah resistance movement.

He also revealed information about the residence of Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah.

The state-run National News Agency said the accused has been dealing with Israel since 2001 and could face a death sentence.

Earlier reports said Khalil confessed to being tasked with locating the residence of Nasrallah. He also admitted to collecting information on a telecommunication company which provides the resistance movement with telecom services.

Earlier, Lebanese intelligence forces detained a local man, identified as Ali Taufiq Yari, on charges of collaboration with the Mossad spying agency for more than two decades.

The former city council member in Baalbek was paid some 600,000 US dollars for passing on classified information about Hezbollah and the Lebanese Army to the Tel Aviv regime.

Yari, who had reportedly joined Mossad in 1990, was described by Lebanese officials as the highest paid spy to be captured so far and is said to have passed the most significant information on to the Israeli intelligence officials during the war of aggression Israel launched against Lebanon in 2006.