CEP Issues Updated Resources on Hezbollah Funders Subject to U.S. Government Investigation

(New York, NY) – Firms owned by three Lebanese Hezbollah financiers profiled by the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) are part of a government probe into possible illegal trade with American companies as detailed by the Wall Street Journal. One of the brothers, Hussain Tajideen—was punished by the government of Gambia in 2015 following a CEP investigation.

The U.S. Justice Department is looking into whether a milling subsidiary of Seaboard Corp. in central Africa did business with firms linked to Kassim Tajideen and his family after he and his brothers were sanctioned in 2009 and 2010.

Kassim, Hussain, and Ali Tajideen control a series of businesses in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the Caribbean that have been implicated in illegal activities on behalf of Hezbollah.

Following a CEP investigation in the Gambia in 2015, Hussain Tajideen was accused of "unacceptable business practices that are detrimental to the Gambian economy,” and according to reports, was ordered to cease all business operations and leave the country within 30 days.

In a 2010 designation, former Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Stuart Levey stated that “Ali and Hussain Tajideen’s multinational network generates millions of dollars in funding and secures strategic geographical strongholds for Hizballah.”

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