Former Israeli-allied militiamen sentenced to jail terms

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A military court has sentenced 27 former pro-Israeli militiamen to prison terms ranging from three weeks to 18 months for collaborating with Israel during its occupation of south Lebanon.

A military court has sentenced 27 former pro-Israeli militiamen to prison terms ranging from three weeks to 18 months for collaborating with Israel during its occupation of south Lebanon.

Charges were dropped against six defendants, including two under the legal age of 18, according to a list posted on the court's bulletin board. The court, which began its work shortly after Israel withdrew its forces from south Lebanon in May, has so far handed down jail verdicts ranging from a few weeks to 10 years against some 1,100 defendants.

Some received 15-year jail terms in absentia. The accused were members of the South Lebanon Army, a 2,500-member militia trained and financed by Israel.

They were among nearly 2,200 people who surrendered or were captured following Israel's withdrawal. Ranking SLA members fled to Israel with their families. The military court's verdicts cannot be the subjects of appeals.

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