US sanc­tions loom over Hezbol­lah of­fi­cials

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

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