Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Monday, February 25, 2019

FEDERAL LAWSUITS GIVE COUNTERTERRORISM AND TERRORIST FINANCING INVESTIGATORS A "WHO'S WHO" OF HEZBOLLAH FRONT COMPANIES AND AGENTS



While the world was avidly consuming the 800-page memorandum of law, plus attachments, involving the sins and transgressions of former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, there was an equally illuminating new source of information out there, but this one was for specialists in counter terrorism and terrorist financing. Two similar lawsuits filed in the Eastern District of New York provide information one can find nowhere else.

I am referring to the 610-page Complaint in two cases filed against Hezbollah, and all the banks in Lebanon that facilitate the terrorist organization's operations. The cases seek damages for Hezbollah's involvement, together with the IRGC, in Iraq, on behalf of the Americans killed or wounded there, and their next of kin. The details of each and every attack supported by Hezbollah are included in the Complaint.

 If you are in any way involved in counter-terrorism or countering the financing of terrorism, I consider it required reading. The data contained in the information appears to be the most detailed analysis of Hezbollah that is publicly available.

Some of the information that I have gleaned from the filings:

(1) The names of every Hezbollah front entity in Lebanon, together with the names of each company's leaders, and the rank-and-file Hezbollah agents who work there.
(2) The identity of many otherwise obscure and publicly unknown Hezbollah leaders and agents.
(3) The names of all the Lebanese attorneys linked to Hezbollah operations, and the front companies that they represent.
(4) The names of other Lebanese professionals who are associated with Hezbollah.
(5) A survey of each and every Lebanese bank that provides material support to Hezbollah. They are all party defendants in this civil action.

The two suits are Bartlett, et al vs. Société Générale de Banque au Liban SAL et al, Case No.: 19-cv-00007-CBA-VMS ( EDNY) and Lelchook, et al vs. Société Générale de Banque au Liban SAL, Case No.: 19-cv-00033 (EDNY). You can access this information on PACER.

Readers who require the information at this time may access the Complaint in Bartlett v. SGBL  here.

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