Thursday, June 19, 2008

CNN: U.S.: Two Venezuelans are supporting terrorism

From Terry Frieden
CNN Justice Producer

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. government designated two Venezuelans, including a diplomat, as supporters of international terrorism Wednesday for what it called their support of the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday.

US eyes alleged Venezuela-based Hezbollah helpers

The Associated Press Wednesday, June 18, 2008; 8:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration took action Wednesday against a Venezuelan official and others accused of providing financial support to the Hezbollah terror group

US accuses Venezuelan diplomat of cooperating with Hezbollah

"It is extremely troubling to see the Government of Venezuela employing and providing safe harbor to Hezbollah facilitators and fundraisers,” said Adam Szubin, Director of the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control.

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US commences designating Venezuelans

18 June 2008
The US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has named two Venezuelan nationals, and their two controlled businesses, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, alleging that they are fundraisers and facilitators for Hizballah, and that one of the individuals named has traveled to Iran, whilst the other has been a diplomat in Syria and Lebanon. This is understood to be merely the first recent OFAC designation of Venezuelan nationals and entities.

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