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Paraguay: Alleged Hezbollah Financier Detained [Wassim el Abd Fadel]
INFOSUR ^ | 24/01/2013 | By Marta Escurra for

Posted on 01/24/2013 4:30:57 PM PST by Cindy

"Paraguay: Alleged Hezbollah financier detained

Wassim el Abd Fadel, a Lebanese with Paraguayan citizenship, faces human trafficking and narco-terrorism charges."

SNIPPET: "ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay – Wassim el Abd Fadel is behind bars inside Tacumbú prison in Asunción, Paraguay, as he awaits trial on human trafficking, money laundering and narco-trafficking charges.

But Paraguayan authorities suspect the Lebanese with Paraguayan citizenship’s involvement in crime is much greater, which is why he’s being investigated for financing the terrorist organization Hezbollah.

Fadel, 31, was arrested on Dec. 21 in Ciudad del Este, which is on the border shared by Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina, about 326 kilometers (203 miles) east of the nation’s capital of Asunción.

He was taken into custody days after Paraguayan Nélida Raquel Cardozo Taboada, 21, was arrested in France after authorities found 1.1 kilograms (2.4 pounds) of cocaine in her stomach. She claimed she was being used as a drug mule, as Fadel and his wife, Paraguayan Nancy Noemí Duarte de Fadel, promised her work as a maid in Warsaw, Poland, if she transported the cocaine."

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1 posted on 01/24/2013 4:31:08 PM PST by Cindy
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INFOSUR Asuncion, Paraguay - "PARAGUAY: ALLEGED HEZBOLLAH FINANCIER DETAINED Wassim el Abd Fadel, a Lebanese with Paraguayan citizenship, faces human trafficking and narco-terrorism charges." by Marta Escurra (SNIPPET: "Fadel is suspected of running the operation after the organization he allegedly worked with was dismantled by Paraguayan authorities. Lebanese national Moussa Ali Hamdan was extradited to the United States on Feb. 11, 2011 to face charges of terrorist financing. About a year earlier, two of his alleged cohorts Amer Zoher El Hossni and Nemir Ali Zhayter were extradited to the United States, where they were wanted on cocaine-trafficking charges. Ali Hamdan was apprehended on June 16, 2010 in Ciudad del Este. Hamdan, a dual U.S.-Lebanese national, is accused of allegedly buying goods he suspected were stolen from a U.S. official.") (January 24, 2013) (Read More…)
INFOSUR Asuncion, Paraguay - "PARAGUAY: THREE LEBANESE OFFICIALS EXTRADITED TO U.S. Nemir Ali Zhayter, Amer Zoer El Hossni, Mousa Ali Hamdan to face charges in U.S." (February 28, 2010) (Read More…)


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US citizen extradited on Hezbollah charges (dual US-Lebanese, Moussa Ali Hamdan)
Yahoo ^ | 2/25/11 | AFP
Posted on February 25, 2011 2:32:30 PM PST by NormsRevenge

NEW YORK (AFP) – A dual US-Lebanese citizen has been extradited from Paraguay and charged with supporting Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant force, US officials said Friday.

Moussa Ali Hamdan, 38, appeared in court in Philadelphia following his extradition and has been charged with providing “material support to Hezbollah, a designated foreign terrorist organization,” the federal prosecutor’s office in Pennsylvania said in a statement.

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

He 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.

If convicted on all charges, he faces a prison sentence of up to 260 years.

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


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“Hezbollah Raises Latin American Profile”
Commentary ^ | 09.15.2012 | Michael Rubin
Posted on September 18, 2012 9:27:36 PM PDT by neverdem

4 posted on 01/24/2013 4:35:14 PM PST by Cindy
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A Look at Iran

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