13 Jan 2010

Man jailed over terror link offered NZ assistance

2:38 pm on 13 January 2010

A man listed as a Jordanian New Zealander who has been jailed in Lebanon has been offered assistance from the New Zealand consulate.

New Zealand does not have an embassy in Lebanon so the assistance is being given through British and Australian officials who have visited Khaled Shamout in jail on New Zealand's behalf.

International media, including the Daily Star in Beirut, have reported that Mr Shamout was to be jailed following a Lebanese military tribunal hearing into allegations of forming a terrorist group, trafficking weapons and forging official documents.

The group also included a Jordanian Australian and two Palestinians, the Daily Star said.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it will not release any information about Mr Shamout's connection to New Zealand.