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Lebanon bought security system from Israeli-linked company: MP

Lebanese lawmaker Ziad Aswad gestures upon his arrival at the Parliament building in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. (Mahmoud Kheir/The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: A Lebanese lawmaker Friday accused the Interior Ministry of indirectly dealing with an Israeli-linked company that designs border security tools.

Change and Reform bloc MP Ziad Aswad said the ministry purchased the Advance Passenger Information System from Lebanese company Inkript.

“Inkript is run by Hisham Itani and the Interior Ministry has signed a contract with the company for $15 million for a project concerning border security,” Aswad said in a statement.

“Inkript provided [the ministry] with APIS, advance passenger information system. It is a tool belonging to Gemalto, a Holland-based company ... whose deputy director Ari Bouzbib, a known Israeli man with Zionist views and the CEO is also an Israeli named Alex Mandl who has ties with the CIA,” he said.

The lawmaker also said that Mandl had links with Israeli businessmen in Israel and the United States.

Gemalto is based in Amsterdam and deals with digital security. While Inkrpit is a self-acclaimed international provider of secure solutions to governments, telecom operators and financial institutions





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