Lebanese sentenced to death for spying for Israel

Judicial officials say a Lebanese military court has convicted a former policeman of spying for Israel and sentenced him to death.

Lebanon and Israel technically remain at war, and more than 100 people in Lebanon have been arrested since 2009 on suspicion of collaborating with the Jewish state.

A military court on Friday found Haitham al-Sahmarani guilty of giving sensitive security information to Israeli intelligence agents including during a monthlong 2006 war between Israel and the militant Hezbollah group.

The officials said al-Sahmarani's sister and her husband who are believed to be in Israel were also sentenced to death in absentia on similar charges. They spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Al-Sahmarani is a former chief sergeant. He was arrested in 2009.