'Hezbollah cell' to be tried by Egypt security court
Twenty-six men accused of plotting attacks on behalf of Lebanon's Hezbollah group on tourist resorts and on ships in the Suez Canal will go on trial in an Egyptian security court on Sunday.world Updated: Aug 21, 2009 13:29 IST
Twenty-six men accused of plotting attacks on behalf of Lebanon's Hezbollah group on tourist resorts and on ships in the Suez Canal will go on trial in an Egyptian security court on Sunday.
The suspects -- two Lebanese, five Palestinians and 19 Egyptians -- face charges of "conspiracy to murder, spying for a foreign organisation with the intent of conducting terrorist attacks and weapons possession."
Four more accused are on the run and will be tried in absentia, including Lebanese alleged mastermind Mohammed Qublan who is believed to have left Egypt.
Defence lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsud told AFP that some of the defendants had confessed to planning attacks against Israelis.
"Those whose names appear on the list, including number two suspect Lebanese Mohammed Yusuf Ahmed Mansur known as Sami Shihab, told prosecutors during questioning that they initially planned attacks against Israeli tourists in Sinai in response to the killing of (Hezbollah leader) Imad Mughniyeh, but that orders came from Hezbollah leadership banning such activities," he said.
Mughniyeh, a Hezbollah commander, was killed by a car bombing in Damascus in a February 2008 attack that was blamed on but denied by Israel.