A Lebanese-Canadian man accused of stockpiling explosives in Cyprus pleaded guilty on Monday in a case that Israel said bore the hallmarks of a failed Hezbollah plot. Cyprus’s criminal court was expected to sentence Hussein Bassam Abdallah, 26, later on Monday. He was arrested in late May after police
discovered a huge quantity of ammonium nitrate fertiliser, a potential explosive, in the basement of a house in the coastal city of Larnaca. Abdallah pleaded guilty to charges of possessing explosives, conspiracy to commit a crime, aiding and abetting a terrorist organisation and participation in a terrorist group, the state Cyprus News Agency reported. Cyprus’s foreign minister told Reuters earlier this month that the government believed it had thwarted a plot by Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shi’ite militia hostile to Israel.