The man said to be Hezbollah’s top financier Nader Mohamad Farhat faces extradition to the United States from Paraguay. Billions of dirty dollars flow through the South American country, according to American officials, and some of that ends up in the hands of the Iranian-backed terror organization.
“Farhat is a known money launderer for narcotics organizations and other illicit organizations,” New York federal prosecutor Charles Kelly declared in a court filing.
He was arrested in May of last year for his alleged money-laundering activities for Hezbollah, the Lebanese daily al-Akhbar reports (Arabic link).
Clarion’s Shillman Fellow and Arab Affairs analyst Ran Meir offers this take on the story:
“One must understand the influence of the activities of a man like Farhat in Paraguay. It contributes directly to increasing Hezbollah’s budget by means of drugs and money laundering in amounts that can reach millions, and by using the back door, it contributes to the introduction of drugs into the U.S. and increases Hezbollah’s terrorist activity in America.
“It’s simply too easy to do this in South America.”
The news follows a Clarion report last week that named 14 Latin-American states in which the Lebanese-based Hezbollah has terror cells or other operatives as this map shows: