Two Nepali women held in Lebanon on spying charge

KATHMANDU: Lebanon's National News Agency under the government said two Nepali women were recently arrested on the charge of spying on Lebanese nationals in favour of the nation's "Israeli enemy."

Two Lebanese and a Palestinian refugee were also arrested, according to a statement posted by the NNA and issued by the General Directorate of General Security.

The arrested Nepalis have not been identified in the statement. However, they are said to have been born in 1991 and 1993.

"Two Nepalis who were arrested were active in recruiting domestic workers, from the Nepali community in Lebanon, in favour of the Israeli enemy, through providing them with the phone number of the Israeli Embassy in Nepal to communicate with it and gather for its sake information on their sponsors; information that serves the intelligence service of the Israeli enemy (the Mossad)," the statement explained.

"During their interrogation, the arrestees confessed to the crime attributed to them," the statement read, "And admitted having contacted by phone the embassies of the Israeli enemy in Turkey, Jordan, Britain and Nepal in order to collaborate with it and provide it with information."

The security personnel have been mobilised to other suspects in connection to the same offence, according to the statement.