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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