Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Monday, March 16, 2015

JUSTICE MINISTER: LEBANESE EXPELLED FROM UAE WERE HEZBOLLAH AGENTS INVOLVED IN MONEY LAUNDERING AND MAJOR CORRUPTION



Ashraf Rifi, the Justice Minister of Lebanon, in an interview with a Saudi newspaper, said that Hezbollah is engaged in global money laundering and international corruption. This statement was made in connection with the deportation of 70 mostly Shiite Lebanese nationals from the United Arab Emirates. Although the UAE government gave no grounds for declaring those deported persona non grata, Minister Rifi definitely implied that he was aware of the criminal conduct, and that it also extended to evasion of customs duties, and of other taxes. 

Other Gulf Cooperation Council states, including Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait, have reportedly also removed Lebanese nationals suspected of having links to, or financial transactions with, Hezbollah.  Compliance officers who update Country Risk should bear this in mind, especially when you are tempted to assign low risk levels to GCC countries.

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