Terrorist Who Targeted Israelis to Stand Trial in Cyprus (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 07/28/12)
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A Swedish national of Lebanese descent arrested in Cyprus on
suspicion of plotting to attack Israeli tourists in the country will
stand trial on September 12, authorities said on Friday.
Reuters reported that the man, who has not been identified, faces
nine charges of security-related offences related to tracking the
movements and areas frequented by Israeli visitors to the holiday
island. He was arrested on July 7 as a suspected security threat.
Israel has said the man was planning an attack similar to a suicide
bus bombing in the Bulgarian city of Burgas on July 18 that killed
Cypriot authorities have acknowledged the suspect showed behavioral
patterns similar to the incident in Burgas, in which the attacker
waited for Israeli holidaymakers to board a bus at an airport before
detonating a backpack of explosives.
During court hearings held behind closed doors, Reuters reported,
police have maintained the Cyprus suspect is a member of Hizbullah,
which Israel has fingered as being behind the Bulgaria attack.
Hizbullah is considered a terrorist organization by Israel, the
United States and other countries, but not by Cyprus.
The report said the suspect was detained two days after his arrival
to Cyprus via London, following a tip-off from British intelligence
services. In his fourth court appearance since his detention, a
district court in the southern coastal city of Limassol on Friday
ruled the man would remain in custody until his trial in September,
the semi-official Cyprus News Agency reported.
At that hearing, before a criminal court, he will be formally charged
and enter a plea.
Earlier this week Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu repeated his
assertion that Hizbullah, backed by Iran, is behind the terror attack
Netanyahu said his assertion that Hizbullah is behind the attack is
based on “rock solid” intelligence and on its resemblance to other
recent attempted attacks across the world.
Iran has denied involvement in the attack and its UN envoy went so
far as to accuse Israel of plotting and carrying out the attack
“It´s amazing that just a few minutes after the terrorist attack,
Israeli officials announced that Iran was behind it,” the ambassador,
Mohammad Khazaee, told a UN Security Council debate on the Middle
East. “We have never and will not engage in such a despicable attempt
on ... innocent people.”
Khazaee added, “Such terrorist operation could only be planned and
carried out by the same regime whose short history is full of state
terrorism operations and assassinations aimed implicating others for
narrow political gains. I could provide ... many examples showing
that this regime killed its own citizens and innocent Jewish people
during the last couple of decades.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2011
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