US sanctions loom over Hezbollah officials
WASHINGTON—Ministers and members of parliament belonging to Lebanon’s Hezbollah could be sanctioned under a new US law targeting the group’s finances, a US Treasury official said on Friday.
The US Hezbollah International Financing Prevention (HIFPA) passed December threatens sanctions against anyone who finances Hezbollah in a significant way.
It has ignited an unprecedented dispute between Lebanon’s most powerful group - the heavily armed Hezbollah - and a central bank widely seen as a pillar of the otherwise weak and dysfunctional Lebanese state.
When asked in an interview with television channel LBC if the law could be applied to Hezbollah ministers and MPs in Lebanon, the US Teasury’s Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Daniel Glaser said: “We don’t make a distinction among Hezbollah members.—Agencies Act in