Brazilian police arrest fugitive linked to Hezbollah

Lebanese citizen Assaad Ahmad Barakat arrives handcuffed to a courthouse in Asuncion, Paraguay, Monday, Nov. 17, 2003. (File photo: AP)

Federal police in Brazil have arrested a fugitive accused of belonging to Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia and of being a key financier of terrorism.

Police said in statement that they took Assaad Ahmad Barakat into custody in the border city of Foz de Iguacu on Friday.

Authorities in Paraguay are seeking Barakat on allegations of false representation.

In 2004, the US Treasury Department accused Barakat of serving as a treasurer for Hezbollah and ordered American banks to freeze any of his assets found in the United States.

The US government considers the Lebanese militia to be a terrorist organization.

At the time, Barakat was serving time in a Paraguayan prison for tax evasion.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57