BEIRUT ) -- A Lebanese man held in the United Arab Emirates on charges of links to the militant Hezbollah group has been sentenced to life in prison, while five others were ordered released, a relative said Wednesday.
Abdulrahman Chouman, 39, was on trial with seven other Lebanese men, all Shiite and long-time residents of the Emirates. They had been in detention for over a year. Most of them worked for the government-owned Emirates Airlines.
Chouman trained airline staff and local police on safety, security and anti-terrorism measures.
The relative, speaking from Lebanon, said two others were sentenced to 10 years. They included a relative of Chouman. Five others were ordered released.
Chouman's relative said he has 30 days to appeal the sentence. There was no immediate word from Emirati officials.