LIMASSOL - A 24-year-old Lebanese man accused of plotting a terrorist attack in Cyprus on Tuesday denied the charges he faces before court.
During cross examination by the defence, the Swedish passport holder said that he has been a member of Islamic militant group Hezbollah for the last four years but is not a terrorist.
He claimed that although he is a Muslim he does not support Islamic fanaticism and that his orders were to identify places frequented by Israeli tourists in Nicosia and Limassol as well as arrange the rental of a warehouse.
The defendant previously pleaded not guilty to eight charges including conspiracy to commit and conceal a crime, and involvement in an unnamed criminal organisation.
He was arrested in a hotel in Limassol on July 7 on suspicion of plotting to carry out an attackson the island.
Around a week after his arrest, six people were killed in a bomb attack on a bus carrying Israeli tourists at a Bulgarian airport.