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Airport security chief removed

May 07, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Lebanon's Cabinet decided to remove Beirut airport's security chief over alleged ties to the militant group Hezbollah, Information Minister Ghazi Aridi said.

Aridi read a statement saying the security chief, Brig. Gen. Wafiq Shoukair, would rejoin the army. He also said the Cabinet declared that a telecommunications network used by Hezbollah for military purposes was illegal and a danger to state security.

The Cabinet decisions come a day after Lebanon's top prosecutor began investigating allegations that the militant group set up cameras near the airport to monitor the movement of anti-Syrian Lebanese politicians and foreign dignitaries.

Hezbollah denied the allegations.

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