Bail granted in US Hizbullah finance case

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March 1, 2010 22:40

 
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MIAMI — A judge granted bail Monday to a businessman accused of exporting video game consoles and cameras to a South American mall listed by US authorities as a financing conduit for Hizbullah.

Bail for 56-year-old Khaled Safadi was set at just over $1.5 million by US Magistrate Judge William Turnoff, despite objections from prosecutors that he might try to flee to Lebanon or Paraguay.

Turnoff said Safadi, a permanent US resident, has strong family and community ties in South Florida and no past criminal record.

"The dumbest thing the defendant could do is not appear in court as required," Turnoff said.

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