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Lebanese Businessman who Helped Hezbollah Pleads Guilty to Violating US Sanctions


Enass Sherri - 7Dnews Beirut

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 16:31 GMT

A Lebanese businessman admitted on December 6th that he had donated millions of dollars to Hezbollah and was involved in a money-laundering plot to escape US sanctions, the Associated Press reported.

The Lebanese Justice Ministry had accused Kassim Tajideen, 63, of Beirut, of violating the sanctions that prevent him from dealing with US companies because of his support for Hezbollah, after conspiring with five other people to conduct transactions of more than $50 million with American companies.

Tajideen, who was arrested in Morocco and extradited to the United States in March 2017, appearing before a federal court in Washington DC on December 6th, admitted he was guilty of violating a federal law, known as the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.
In October, the US Justice Department created a new task force aimed at halting the activity of Hezbollah and four other transnational criminal organisations, which were declared priorities for federal law enforcement.

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