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Israeli agent’s wife detained for second time

A masked police officer shows sophisticated coded transmission devices, that were seized from suspected Israeli agents spying on Lebanon and Hezbollah militants, during a news conference in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, May 11, 2009. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

SIDON/BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army raided the house of a wanted Palestinian agent of Israel and detained his wife in Sidon Friday, on suspicions the woman was communicating with her husband and knew his whereabouts.

“It is the second time that [Iman] has been detained ... We suspect she is in contact with her husband,” a security source told The Daily Star.

Palestinian national Hussein Khattab was the main suspect for the murder of brothers Mahmoud and Nidal Majzoub, who were killed in a Sidon car bombing in 2006. Since then, Khattab has been wanted for collaboration and espionage on behalf of the Israeli enemy.

Khattab is said to have fled to Israel to escape prosecution, after his co-conspirator Mahmoud Rafeh was detained for the same murder.

The source told The Daily Star that Iman had been previously detained, adding that prosecution sentenced her to four years in jail in 2006 after her husband allegedly carried out the Sidon car bombing.

“Iman fled the country after the murder but was detained as soon as she came back” he said.

 

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