Alleged Swedish Hezbollah member denies preparing Cyprus attack

A man on trial for allegedly plotting attacks on Israelis in Cyprus says his Hezbollah handler in Lebanon did tell him to record the arrival times of an Israeli flight, but he is denying being part of a group preparing any attack, reports news agency AP.

The 24-year-old Swedish-Lebanese citizen, told a court in Cyprus on Thursday that he travelled there on trade business but also to collect information sought by a man he knew as Ayman.

He said he used a code to note the license plate numbers of 2 buses transporting passengers from the Israeli flight. But he insisted he didn't know what the information was for.

The suspect was arrested last July, days before a bus bombing in Bulgaria that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian.