US charges Lebanese businessman with sanctions busting

March 24, 2017 23:44
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US authorities charged a Lebanese businessman with evading sanctions placed against him because of his alleged support for the Hezbollah militant movement.

Kassim Tajideen, 62, pleaded not guilty in federal court in Washington, DC, on Friday, and will be held in jail until a detention hearing next week, the Justice Department said in a statement.

Reuters reported on Tuesday that Tajideen had been arrested on March 12 in Morocco on an international warrant issued by Interpol's Washington office.

US authorities say Tajideen ran a multi-billion-dollar "global business empire" that traded in commodities across the Middle East and Africa. In 2009, US authorities placed Tajideen on a sanction blacklist because of his alleged support for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

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