Report: U.S. Prosecutors 'Probing Hizbullah' to Arrive in Beirut
After the U.S. Justice Department announced that it is forming a team of prosecutors to investigate alleged drug trafficking and money laundering linked to Hizbullah, reports said the team is “expected to arrive in Beirut soon”, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.
The unit will comprise specialists on money-laundering, drug trafficking, terrorism and organized crime, targeting Iran ally Hizbullah's sprawling network, whose reach extends across Africa and into Central and South America, the U.S. department said.
Another development has grown indicating the seriousness of the US follow-up in the pursuit of Hizbullah, represented in the announcement of the US mission to the United Nations that the Iranian regime reportedly “spends at least 200 million dollars a year to support Hizbullah.”
“The Iranian regime spends at least $200 million on Hizbullah each year, while their citizens chant, “Neither Gaza, nor Lebanon, my life only for Iran,” “a tweet on the USUN page said late Friday.
In parallel, US President Donald Trump agreed to reimpose nuclear sanctions on Iran on Friday, but officials warned that it would be the last time he issues such a waiver.
The Treasury has also listed head of Iran's judiciary, Sadegh Amoli Larijani on the sanctions blacklist, which forbids Americans from doing business with the targets.
The US Treasury said Larijani, the brother of Iran's parliamentary speaker and former nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani, is to blame for the torture and degrading treatment of prisoners.
On Thursday, the US Justice Department announced the creation of a special task force to investigate what it called "narcoterrorism" by Hizbullah.