Lebanese-American to be prosecuted for dealing with Israel
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Lebanese-American to be prosecuted for dealing with Israel

Amer Fakhoury said to have worked in a prison run by the Israel-backed South Lebanon Army before the IDF withdrawal in 2000

Former detainees of the pro-Israel South Lebanon Army (SLA) militia hold posters depicting former SLA member Amer al-Fakhoury during a demonstration denouncing his return and entry outside the Justice Palace in the Lebanese capital Beirut on September 12, 2019. (NWAR AMRO/AFP)
Former detainees of the pro-Israel South Lebanon Army (SLA) militia hold posters depicting former SLA member Amer al-Fakhoury during a demonstration denouncing his return and entry outside the Justice Palace in the Lebanese capital Beirut on September 12, 2019. (NWAR AMRO/AFP)

BEIRUT  — Lebanon said Friday that a Lebanese-American has been referred to prosecutors after confessing he’d worked for Israel.

Amer Fakhoury was detained after returning to his native Lebanon from the United States earlier this month. He had worked as warden at the Khiam Prison in southern Lebanon that was run by an Israeli-backed militia, known as the South Lebanon Army, until Israel ended an 18-year occupation of the area in 2000.

Lebanon and Israel have been officially at war since Israel’s creation in 1948.

The Lebanese General Security Directorate said Friday Fakhoury used an Israeli passport before Israel’s withdrawal to travel from Israel to the US

Hundreds of former Lebanese members of the militia had fled to Israel, fearing reprisal if they remained in Lebanon. Others stayed and faced trial, receiving lenient sentences.

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