US charges three men over aiding Hezbollah
(MENAFN Three men have been charged by the grand jury in Minnesota with illegally exporting drone parts and other material from the United States to Lebanon's "Hezbollah", the US Justice Department said on Friday.
Two of the suspects -brothers Usama and Issam Hamade - were in custody in South Africa while the third, Samir Berro, remained at large, the statement said.
According to the indictment, the trio conspired and tried to export goods including inertial measurement units suitable for use in drones, a jet engine, piston engines and recording binoculars to "Hezbollah" from 2009 to 2013, the statement said.
Since the US considers "Hezbollah" a terrorist group, the brothers were arrested Tuesday in South Africa for extradition to the United States to face trial in Minnesota, according to another prosecution filing Friday. They appeared before a magistrate there and were ordered held pending another hearing Feb. 26.
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