BEIRUT: A Lebanese Army colonel convicted of spying for Israel is set to be released in the coming weeks after a court reduced his sentence Tuesday, a judicial source said.
Col. Antoine Abu Jaoude, who was convicted of providing Israel with sensitive information on Lebanese Army and Hezbollah positions, was initially sentenced to seven years in prison by Lebanon’s Military Court after being arrested in 2009.
On Tuesday, the Military Court reduced his prison sentence to six years and three months, which would mean that the spy would be released at the end of this month or beginning of April.
In addition to providing Israelis with valuable information, Abu Jaoude was also convicted of holding several meetings with members of Israel’s spy agency Mossad beginning in 2006.
According to the indictment, Abu Jaoude provided Mossad with the names and addresses of Lebanese Army and Hezbollah officials.
The judicial source told The Daily Star that Abu Jaoude received a relatively light sentence because the information he passed to Israel did not lead to the death of anyone in Lebanon.
Dozens of Lebanese Army officials, clergymen and civilians have been arrested since 2009 as a result of a security crackdown on the Israeli spy network throughout the country.