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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