U.S. Citizen Extradited on Terrorist Allegations

February 28, 2011

A dual U.S.-Lebanese citizen has been extradited from Paraguay and charged with supporting Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant force.

Moussa Ali Hamdan, age 38, appeared in court in Philadelphia following his extradition and has been charged with providing material support to Hezbollah, a designated foreign terrorist organization.

Hamdan was arrested by Paraguayan authorities June 15 on suspicion of supporting terrorism and subsequently handed over to U.S. custody.

Hamdan is accused in the United States on 28 counts including conspiring to supply Hezbollah with proceeds from the sale of counterfeit money and fake passports. He also allegedly raised funds for Hezbollah through the sale of counterfeit electronics and leisure wear, such as Nike shoes.

Diplomatic cables made public by WikiLeaks revealed that the U.S. embassy in Chile was concerned about Hezbollah fund raising and described a broader Islamist network in the so-called Tri-Border Area of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, the area where Hamdan was detained.

Hezbollah, one of the dominant political and military forces in deeply divided Lebanon and a sworn enemy of U.S. ally Israel, has been designated a terrorist group by Washington. OFAC sanctions are currently in effect for Lebanon and target individuals, organizations and entities undermining the democratic processes of Lebanon.

View the Department of Justice press release here.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the firm practice and write extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Litigation, International Extradition and OFAC SDN Litigation.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.

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US Seeking Extradition from Paraguay for Suspected Hezbollah Financier

June 22, 2010

The United States has asked Paraguay to extradite a Lebanese national suspected of funneling money to the Shiite militant group Hezbollah from the South American nation, court sources said Wednesday.

Mussa Ali Hamdan, 38, was arrested Tuesday in Ciudad del Este, part of the Triple Frontier, a region the United States has repeatedly cited as being exploited by militant groups that “finance terrorist activities.”

Hamdan is accused of 31 crimes, according to Interpol. The US extradition request cites his alleged material support for Hezbollah “including falsified documents.”

The suspect is also accused of counterfeiting US currency and conspiracy to commit passport fraud, according to the request.

Hamdan appeared Wednesday before Judge Hugo Sosa Pasmor to confirm his identity as part of an extradition request, and then was transferred to Asuncion’s Tacumbu penitentiary.

Local media, citing local security officials, have said Hamdan was financing Hezbollah, which fought a devastating 2006 war with Israel and is blacklisted as a terror group by Washington.

A cosmopolitan area and significant tourist spot, the Triple Frontier is also considered a major spot for smuggling and other organized crime. Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina however deny their shared region is a hotbed for terror financing.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the firm practice and write extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, Interpol Litigation, International Extradition and OFAC Litigation.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.

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