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Lebanon arrests senior army officer for collaboration with Israel — report

Man jailed on suspicion of removing records of people wanted for working for Israel, freeing prisoners for bribes

File photo of Lebanese army special forces marching during a military parade to mark the 74th anniversary of Lebanon's independence from France in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, November 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
File photo of Lebanese army special forces marching during a military parade to mark the 74th anniversary of Lebanon's independence from France in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, November 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

A senior Lebanese army officer was arrested on suspicion of collaborating with Israel, according to a report in the Lebanese Arabic-language Al-Akhbar newspaper Monday.

The man was suspected of removing records of wanted people suspected of working for Israel and of accepting bribes in exchange for releasing detainees.

A number of other officers and civilians were also arrested on suspicion that they were also involved, the newspaper, which is seen as pro-Hezbollah, reported.

The senior officer was initially questioned by investigators within his unit. He was released and during that time prosecutors gathered more evidence against him. He was arrested three weeks ago, the paper said, and transferred to the Rihaniyeh Military Prison.

Five others were arrested, including three members of the same family who were subsequently released. A man and a woman remain in custody, the paper reported.

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