Prosecutors in the Austrian state of Carinthia have started a trial against an alleged Hezbollah commander who spent 13 years in the central European country while reportedly being involved in financing terrorism.
The trial has triggered outrage, according to the Kronen Zeitung, commonly known as the Krone, a mass circulation paper, because the Lebanese-born man is not awaiting trial in prison.
Kronen Zeitung wrote: “What seems strange is that the alleged terrorist is free and not in custody,” adding that “the public prosecutor has not made an application.” The trial will formally start in early April.
The unnamed Hezbollah military leader has lived in Carinthia for 13 years. The authorities have accused him of working for Hezbollah in Lebanon.
The indictment states that the Hezbollah commander is a member of a terrorist organization and engaged in the finance of terrorism activities. He could face a 10-year prison sentence.
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