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Arrest warrants issued against pair for stealing electricity in Ain al-Hilweh

A man inspects electricity cables in the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp on March 15, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

SIDON, Lebanon: South Lebanon’s public prosecutor Friday issued arrest warrants for two men suspected of stealing from the state provided electricity supply in the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp.

The decision came after the Lebanese Army’s Intelligence Branch, in coordination with the state-owned electricity company Electricite du Liban, found that a 55-meter-long cable had been installed to siphon electricity to a number of private generators in the Taamim area of the camp.

Following initial suspicions of illegal cable tapping, the intelligence team contacted Samer Abdullah, head of EDL’s south Lebanon department, who sent observation and maintenance teams from the agency to investigate, accompanied by State Security personnel and the Lebanese Army unit.

Preliminary investigations found that the generators belonged to suspects A.F. and M.M., who had connected the cable to the generators to supply more than 40 houses with stolen electricity.

The public prosecutor then issued arrest warrants for the pair, whose whereabouts are currently unknown.

 

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