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Lebanese businessman wanted by US for financing Hezbollah detained in Morocco

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The lawyer for Kassim Tajeddine says he was arrested in Casablanca on Sunday while on his way from Guinea to Beirut.
The lawyer for Kassim Tajeddine says he was arrested in Casablanca on Sunday while on his way from Guinea to Beirut.

Beirut, The Associated Press, 16 March 2017 - A lawyer for a Lebanese businessman that the US says has provided millions of dollars to the Hezbollah group says his client has been arrested by Moroccan authorities.

The lawyer for Kassim Tajeddine says he was arrested in Casablanca on Sunday while on his way from Guinea to Beirut.

In a terse emailed response to questions from The Associated Press, attorney Chibli Mallat said Thursday: “We now know there is an extradition order from the US authorities.”

Mallat said another lawyer who was appointed in Morocco saw Tajeddine in prison in Sale, near the capital, Rabat, and “he is in good spirits and is treated adequately.”

The US Treasury says Tajeddine is “an important financial contributor to Hezbollah” who was listed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in May 2009.

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