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I hope they go after everyone. Terror-tied CAIR has had many Hezb’Allah operatives in their ranks.

Treasury Blacklists Companies and Individuals With Alleged Ties to Hezbollah Financiers

Sanctions imposed on two individuals and three entities come as the U.S. continues to rank up the pressure against the militant group

By Mengqi Sun, Wall Street Journal, April 25, 2019:

The U.S. Treasury Department Wednesday blacklisted individuals and companies that are alleged to have helped financiers of Hezbollah evade sanctions.

The designations come as the Trump administration continues to probe the financing network of the Iran-backed, Lebanon-based militia and political organization, which has been designated as a terrorist group by the U.S. The group didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

The Treasury placed sanctions on Belgium-based petroleum company Voltra Transcor Energy BVBA; management consulting firm Offiscoop NV; and U.K.-based computer services firm Bsqrd Ltd. The companies are owned or controlled by Wael Bazzi, an executive based in Belgium, the Treasury said. Mr. Bazzi also was blacklisted Wednesday, according to the Treasury.

Mr. Bazzi allegedly acted on behalf of his father, Mohammad Bazzi, whom the Treasury said is a Hezbollah financier. Mohammad Bazzi was blacklisted in May 2018 and has since relied on his son to register new businesses, bid on Gambian government contracts and facilitate payments for a business contract, the Treasury said.

Wael Bazzi didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, and attempts to reach representatives for the blacklisted companies weren’t successful. Efforts to reach Mohammad Bazzi also were unsuccessful.

Treasury officials also added Hassan Tabaja, of Lebanon, to the U.S. sanctions list. Mr. Tabaja’s brother Adham Tabaja was one of Hezbollah’s top financiers, according to the Treasury, and was placed under sanctions in 2015. Hassan Tabaja managed properties in the United Arab Emirates owned by his brother and acts as his brother’s legal representative, the Treasury said.

Efforts to reach Hassan Tabaja and Adham Tabaja were unsuccessful.

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