Beirut Businessman Imprisoned by U.S. is Back Home

Beirut Businessman Imprisoned by U.S. is Back Home

Beirut Businessman Imprisoned by U.S. is Back Home

Beirut Businessman Imprisoned by U.S. is Back Home

BEIRUT — A Lebanese businessman serving a five-year sentence in the United States for providing millions of dollars to Hezbollah, the militant group, arrived Wednesday in Beirut after his early release.

The businessman, Kassim Tajideen, 64, was sentenced last year in a federal court in Washington for his role in a money laundering conspiracy aimed at evading U.S. sanctions. He had been arrested in Morocco and extradited to the United States in 2017, where he was charged with laundering money for Hezbollah.

The State Department confirmed Mr. Tajideen’s early release, which was ordered by a federal judge in May. There was no immediate comment from Lebanese officials.

Lebanon’s National News Agency reported Mr. Tajideen’s arrival in Beirut. A local Lebanese TV station, LBC, broadcast a video taken with a mobile phone of his arrival at the airport.

The National, an English language newspaper in the United Arab Emirates, said Mr. Tajideen was granted compassionate release because of health conditions and fears of coronavirus infections in prison.

Mr. Tajideen was accused of having conspired with at least five people to conduct more than $50 million in transactions with U.S. businesses, violating sanctions barring him from doing business with U.S. nationals and companies because of his support for Hezbollah.

The United States has designated Hezbollah a terrorist group.

Mr. Tajideen pleaded guilty last December and agreed to forfeit $50 million.


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