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Authorities arrest third suspect on suspicion of spying for Israel.

Byline: Daily Star Staff

Summary: A third member of a "professional and well-trained network" was arrested on suspicion of spying for Israel, media reports said Thursday. Police arrested G. Alam, a General Security Department Corporal, in the border town of Naqoura and then raided his home in the town of Rmeish in the southern Bint Jbeil region.

BEIRUT: A third member of a "professional and well-trained network" was arrested on suspicion of spying for Israel, media reports said Thursday. Police arrested G. Alam, a General Security Department Corporal, in the border town of Naqoura and then raided his home in the town of Rmeish in the southern Bint Jbeil region. Pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat said security forces seized a computer from his house.

His uncle, Adib Alam who is a retired Lebanese general, was arrested on Saturday at his office near Beirut on suspicion of spying for Israel. The detention of the ex-general from the General Security Department along with his wife Hayat is among several arrests in recent months linked to spying for Israel.

Adib Alam has allegedly used the business he owned, which managed foreign domestic workers, as a cover for intelligence work.

As-Safir newspaper said security forces are expected to make more arrests.

Hizbullah's number Naim Qassem said Wednesday that "security forces monitored the movements of Adib Alam and asked Hizbullah for information on him."

"Preliminary information indicates he had been working as a spy for Israel for over 25 years and retired from his position in national security eight years ago," Qassem said. "His arrest was a major achievement."

A security source told As-Safir that "investigation could take a long time" because this is a "professional and well-trained network." The source said that the group's task could have possibly included carrying out missions and not just gathering information.

Adib Alam's wife, according to the source, also revealed during probe that her husband began spying for Israel in 1982 and not in 1984 as claimed by him.

It said the man was the general coordinator of several networks, which means that more spy cell leaders could be arrested. - The Daily Star

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