New Yorker convicted of providing support to Hezbollah

Ali Kourani, originally from Lebanon, was convicted of helping the terrorist group.

May 17, 2019 05:05
New Yorker convicted of providing support to Hezbollah

Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim men from the Iranian-backed group Kataib Hezbollah wave the party's flags as they walk along a street painted in the colours of the Israeli flag during a parade marking the annual Quds Day, or Jerusalem Day, on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Baghdad. (photo credit: THAIER AL-SUDANI/REUTERS)


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A Lebanese man living in New York was convicted on Thursday of providing material support to Hezbollah, according to the Associated Press. Providing money, goods, materials or training to terrorists is crime prohibited by the US Patriot Act.

Ali Kourani, originally from Lebanon, was convicted of helping the terrorist group. He was also said to have "surveilled American targets, including military and law enforcement facilities in New York City," according to AP.

Kourani could face a life-sentence. His sentencing is scheduled to take place in September.  Kourani's lawyers say he will appeal.

Authorities said that Kourani had received military training overseas and learned how to use a rocket propelled grenade, the report stated.

The AP discovered that Kourani came to the US legally in 2003.

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