Beirut Banks Funneling Illicit Funds for Iran, Hizbullah

(Jerusalem Post) Joanna Paraszczuk - Hizbullah is using Lebanon's banks in a large-scale money-laundering scheme that is also helping Iran evade banking sanctions, New York-based United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI) reported after a three-month, confidential investigation. The group says Lebanon's financial system - including Banque du Liban, the country's central bank - is being used to funnel massive amounts of illicit cash from Hizbullah and its state sponsor, Iran. In a recent letter to Banque du Liban's governor, Riad T. Salame, UANI CEO Ambassador Mark D. Wallace said Lebanon had become a "sovereign money-laundering jurisdiction that receives massive inflows of illicit deposits from Hizbullah terror and criminal activities."

2012-07-04 00:00:00

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