American Woman Convicted of Assisting Hizbollah
An American woman who married an Arab man has been convicted of conspiring to violate US immigration laws by helping the Lebanese Hizbollah resistance movement through providing it with money and military equipment.
A federal court jury in Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday found Jessica Yolanda Fortune, 30, of Lexington, guilty of conspiring with her husband, Chawki Youssef Hammoud, to break immigration laws, said AP, cited by the Beirut-based Daily Star.
Prosecutors were quoted by the agency as saying that Fortune married Hammoud, a Lebanese native, in 1994 to allow him to receive a green card. However, Hammoud testified Wednesday that Fortune had not married him in the ploy.
Hammoud and eight others are scheduled to go on trial in April. Federal authorities arrested 18 people in July 2000, with six of them indicted earlier this year on charges that they provided night vision goggles, blasting equipment, stun guns, and cash to Hizbollah, said the report – Albawaba.com