Lebanon releases a social media activist on bail, after her lawyer filed an appeal against a three-year sentence for “collaborating” with Israel, the lawyer and a judicial source say.
Kinda al-Khatib, who is in her twenties, was arrested in June and charged with “collaborating with the enemy,” “entering the occupied Palestinian territories” and “collaborating with spies of the Israeli enemy.”
Khatib was sentenced to three years in prison in December.
The Military Investigative Judge "Najat Abu Shakra" issues an indictment against the defendant, Kinda Al-Khatib, for the crime of espionage, communicating with Israeli journalists and Israeli agents, and providing security information on Lebanon and Hezbullah. pic.twitter.com/BTODP0Cye4
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“The military appeals court on Tuesday decided to release the activist Kinda al-Khatib in exchange for a bail of three million Lebanese pounds,” ($1,990 officially, $200 at the market rate), the judicial source says, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on the case.
Her lawyer Jocelyne al-Rahi says she had filed an appeal that had been accepted and a new verdict would be issued.
“Kinda will continue to appear in court” until the new judgment, she adds.