Egypt Indicts 26 Hezbollah Suspects

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CAIRO - Egyptian Prosecutor General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud indicted 26 members of a Hezbollah-led terror cell on Sunday.

The defendants, who were arrested in April, have been charged with plotting terror attacks and aiding terror operatives in the Gaza Strip.

When Egypt first announced the arrests, Hezbollah spiritual leader and general secretary Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah refuted accusations that the cell planned to carry out attacks within Egypt.

But he did admit dispatching an agent to supervise arms shipments to the Gaza Strip.

The 26 suspects indicted on Sunday include five Palestinians, two Lebanese, one Sudanese, and five Egyptians members of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is outlawed in Egypt.

The prosecutor said the defendants will be tried in the State Security Emergency Court, a military tribunal known for its speedy proceedings and for disallowing any appeals.

According to the indictment, 18 of the suspects have been spying for Hezbollah since 2005, providing  information such as tourist travel routes and destinations in the Sinai (for potential kidnappings), Suez Canal schedules and various other security information.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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