Man on Trial in Cyprus Confesses to Acting as a Courier for Hezbollah

by Colonel on February 20, 2013

“A man on trial here admitted Wednesday to being a member of the militant group Hezbollah, acting as a courier for the group inside the European Union and staking out locations Israelis would frequent — in particular a parking lot behind a Limassol hospital and a hotel called the Golden Arches.

In a little-watched proceeding in a small courtroom here, the defendant, Hossam Taleb Yaacoub, 24, described how he would be picked up in a van to meet with his handler, whom he knew only as Ayman, and used code words to confirm his identity. “I never saw the face of Ayman because he was always wearing a mask,” Mr. Yaacoub said.

In written testimony read out loud in Greek by his interpreter, the man said that he had not taken part in a plot to target Israeli tourists visiting Cyprus.

” — Nicholas Kulish, Copyright 2013 The New York Times Company

“Lebanese-Swede accused of plotting July terror attack against Israeli tourists in Cyprus; case may influence EU decision to label Hezbollah terrorist entity; suspect believed to use similar method of surveillance as Burgas.

Hossam Taleb Yaacoub, a 24-year old Lebanese-Swedish dual citizen, admitted on Wednesday in a courtroom that he is a member of Hezbollah, according to a statement he gave under oath.

The Cypriot authorities accuse Yaacoub of plotting an attack against Israeli tourists on the island in July.

Hossam Taleb Yaacoub, a 24-year old Lebanese-Swedish dual citizen, admitted on Wednesday in a courtroom that he is a member of Hezbollah, according to a statement he gave under oath.

The Cypriot authorities accuse Yaacoub of plotting an attack against Israeli tourists on the island in July.

” — Benjamin Weinthal, Copyright 2013 The Jerusalem Post

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