BEIRUT: The Military Tribunal handed down a death sentence in absentia to a retired Lebanese colonel for collaborating with Israel, a judicial source told The Daily Star over the weekend.
Ghassan al-Jidd, a retired Lebanese Army colonel, was convicted of spying for Israel. He fled the country in 2009.
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said in a speech in 2010 that Jidd was present near the scene of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s 2005 assassination a day before the attack.
Nasrallah also accused Jidd of involvement in the assassination of Hezbollah commander Ghaleb Awali in 2004 in the Beirut southern suburbs.
The Military Tribunal also sentenced Palestinian Asaad Khatib to 10 years behind bars on similar charges, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.