Sunday, January 1, 2012

Leader of Hezbollah worth 250M, yet Hezbollah is broke

I wonder where Nasrallah has been getting his paychecks from?  Could it be he is directly profiting from the laundered drug money funneled through used car dealers?  It is interesting that the loudest voice for the refugees plight would be among the financial elite.  250 Million can buy a lot of peace and stability, and you would think Nasrallah would walk the walk and spend his "fortune" on the needy.  After all, even Al Capone set up soup kitchens and bread lines.

From YNet December 29 by Doron Peskin

Hezbollah's Nasrallah worth $250M?

Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah is worth some $250 million, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported recently, quoting American intelligence officials.

According to the report, the fortune of Nasrallah's deputy, Sheikh Naim Qassem, and other senior organization members amounts to as much as $2 billion.

The anonymous intelligence sources believe the funds have been deposited in hundreds of bank accounts across the world, including in Europe, using fabricated or fake names.

Two Western sources are quoted as saying that the Hezbollah leaders from time to time channel millions of dollars from their bank accounts or their wives' bank accounts to senior members of the Revolutionary Guards in Iran, who are responsible for transferring money to the Shiite organization from the office of Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

According to the report, Iranian parliament members are aware of this corruption, are unhappy with it but are avoiding discussing it.

Straw companies

A British security source who worked at the embassies in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon in the 1990s is quoted as saying that the West has figured out Hezbollah's money laundering method.

According to the source, the Shiite organization's common method is setting up straw companies in Arab or African countries, which sell cars or large amounts of goods.

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