Israeli sources denied Saturday night the Lebanese media reports citing Hezbollah officials as saying that Hussein Fahs, a 29-year old telecommunications engineer from south Lebanon, had crossed into Israel carrying $5 million in embezzled Iranian aid funds well as classified documents and maps.
In reply to questions, Israeli sources said they had heard the Hezbollah CFO was missing and were aware of an intensive hunt for him, but stated he had not arrived in Israel.
If he were to cross into Israel, Fahs as Hezbollah’s telecommunications expert would have in his possession documents laying bare the group’s top-secret military structure, including the locations of its rocket units and of the deployment of Iranian forces recently flown into Lebanon.
Report from Arabic Media:
Hezbollah’s CFO has fled to Israel taking with him large sum of stolen money, classified documents and maps, local news media reported on Friday.
The news website, Now Lebanon, cited Hezbollah officials saying that the 29-year old telecommunication engineer, Hussein Fahs, has crossed to Israel carrying with him $5 million in embezzled money from the group. Fahs is also head of Hezbollah’s operational communications network.
In September, Fahs, who is native of southern Lebanon, was arrested along with other four Hezbollah members over the suspicion of embezzling the group’s funds and collaborating with Israel, Yoni Alpert’s Terror Watch reported.
The operation to arrest the five was a collaborative one between Hezbollah and Iranian intelligence. Hezbollah, which has long been a staunch ally to both Iran and Syria, officially became part of the Lebanese government in 2011.
According to Al-Joumhouria newspaper, he was arrested while on his way to an unknown destination by 20 Iranian intelligence officers at Beirut’s Hariri Airport. At the time it was suspected that they stole at least $5 million in Iranian aid funds.