Lebanese actor accused of spying for Israel freed ‘I was tortured in jail,’ says Ziad Itani
BEIRUT: Lebanese actor Ziad Itani was freed on Tuesday after 110 days in prison on charges of spying for Israel, while a security officer and a computer hacker accused of framing him were arrested.
Itani, who was arrested in Beirut last November, said he had been tortured in jail. “I am a stage actor who works for the people’s theater and was accused of the gravest crime,” he said.
“The guys at the Information Department are heroes — thorough investigations were conducted with precision.”
Itani’s mother, who waited for him at her house in Tariq El Jdideh, said: “My son is innocent.
“I will never forgive those who were behind Ziad’s arrest, and I won’t forgive his acquaintances who believed the charge against him.”
Itani had been accused of collaborating with a Mossad spy, Colette, who was later found to be fictitious.
The computer hacker, Elie Ghabash, claims he was asked by security officer Lt. Col. Suzan Hajj to hack Itani’s online accounts to incriminate him. Both have been detained and questioned. Hajj denies the accusation.
The two have been referred to a military court on charges that carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
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