A criminal court in Cyprus sentenced a self-confessed member of Lebanon's Hizbullah group to four years in jail, Thursday, for his conviction of involvement in a plot to attack Israeli interests on the island, according to Agence France Presse. The official Cyprus News Agency said the court in Limassol gave 24-year-old Hossam Taleb Yaacoub, a dual Lebanese and Swedish citizen, credit for time already served in prison since last July.
Yaacoub was was found guilty on March 22 on five counts -- including participating in a criminal organisation, taking part in a criminal act and money laundering. He told the court, last month that he had collected information on Israeli tourists visiting the island, but denied plotting to attack them. The court ruled, "Even if the targets were not carried out, it still harms the security of citizens and the legal system, whose guardian is the court." Before passing sentence the court did take into consideration the fact that Yaacoub had cooperated with police and that he had been recruited by the Shiite terrorist group at the age of 19.