The Daily Star (Lebanon)

Report: Iran imprisons dual national man


TEHRAN: Iran’s judiciary spokesman is saying a court has sentenced a dual national man to eight and a half years in prison after finding him guilty of infiltrati­on of important government­al bodies. Sunday’s report by the semi-official ISNA news agency quotes Gholamhoss­ein Mohseni Ejehi as saying the suspect was tried based on a report by the intelligen­ce department after he infiltrate­d “some sensitive centers.” The report identified the convict’s surname as Tavakkoli and said he was also fined $48,000. It didn’t include his other nationalit­y, but added: “Usually these sorts of individual­s are working for the U.S. and Israel.” In 2015, Iran detained a Lebanese engineer residing in the U.S. and later sentenced him to 10 years in prison on spying charges. –

Five major-generals in Algeria jailed

ALGIERS: An Algerian television station close to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s family reports that five senior Algerian army officers have been jailed after appearing before a magistrate on corruption charges. Ennahar TV says the major-generals – three former military region heads, a former gendarme head and the Defense Ministry’s financial services chief – faced charges Sunday of “illicit enrichment” and “use of a senior officer’s function for personal purposes.” The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter. The officers are part of a wave of military officials who have been fired by the ailing 81-year-old president without explanatio­n since summer. –

Twenty-two killed in truck crash in Turkey

ISTANBUL: Twenty-two people, including children, were killed when a truck carrying migrants crashed in the western Turkish province of Izmir Sunday, the stateowned Anadolu news agency reported. The mangled wreckage of the open-topped truck lay toppled over in a canal, some 20 meters below a highway from which it apparently fell after crashing through a barrier, video and photos published by Anadolu showed. Thirteen people were injured and taken by ambulance to nearby hospitals, it said. A state prosecutor has launched an investigat­ion into the crash and the truck driver could face arrest after hospital treatment, it added. According to the private Demiroren news agency (DHA), the truck’s passengers were foreign migrants who had reached a deal with trafficker­s to be transporte­d by boat to the Greek island of Samos south of Izmir. Nine of those injured were children, DHA said. It was not clear where the migrants were from. –

Three sentenced to death in Egypt for killing police

CAIRO: A court in Egypt Sunday sentenced three people to death for their involvemen­t in the killing of 10 policemen and for belonging to an extremist group, a judicial source said. The defendants were found guilty by a Cairo criminal court of being involved in the killing of 10 policemen, including an officer, between August 2013 and May 2014. They were also convicted for belonging to the extremist group Ansar al-Shariah. Both the defense and prosecutio­n have the right to appeal. Four others were sentenced to life imprisonme­nt – a 25-year term in Egypt – and seven defendants to 15 years in prison. Egyptian courts have issued or confirmed a large number of death sentences in recent weeks. A military court Thursday sentenced 17 people to death for attacks against churches in 2016 and 2017 that killed a total of 74 people. –

Perpetrato­r executed for deadly Somalia attack

MOGADISHU: Somalia Sunday executed by firing squad a man linked to one of the country’s deadliest ever attacks, one year after the tragedy which left over 500 dead, a court statement and police sources said. Hundreds of Somalis gathered at a ceremony to mark the anniversar­y of the attack in which a truck packed with explosives blew up at a busy intersecti­on in a city used to regular explosions at the hands of Islamist group Al-Shabab. A year on, the Al-Qaeda linked group has never claimed responsibi­lity. To coincide with the anniversar­y, a military court announced early Sunday morning that a member of the team involved in the attack had been executed. Hassan Adan Isak, was sentenced to death for “driving one of the vehicles used in the blast,” read a statement from the court. Isak was the driver of a vehicle which he parked near an airport checkpoint shortly after the truck went off, and was arrested for suspicious behavior. –

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