A criminal trial centering on an alleged plot against Israelis on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus could place more pressure on the European Union to label Hezbollah a terrorist organization.
Hossam Taleb Yaacoub, a Swedish-Lebanese citizen, testified that he was a paid member of Hezbollah who had been asked to gather information for the group while in Cyprus, the Associated Press reported Thursday. The information reportedly included the times that a flight arrived from Israel and license plate numbers for buses taking passengers from that flight.
Yaacoub denied that he was helping to plan any attack, however, reportedly telling the court that he didn’t know what the flight information would be used for.
Israeli officials say the Cyprus case and a July bombing in the Bulgarian resort town of Burgas are examples of why Hezbollah should be blacklisted by the EU.