The United States is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information that will help disrupt the financial operations of the global terrorist organization Hizballah.
The U.S. Department of State offers rewards to bring terrorists to justice and prevent acts of international terrorism against Americans as part of “Rewards for Justice.” Since the program began in 1984, the U.S. government has paid more than $150 million to more than 100 people who provided information that resulted in successful prosecutions or prevented acts of terrorism worldwide.
Specifically, the U.S. is seeking information that helps to identify Hizballah’s:
- Revenue sources, including major donors.
- Banks or institutions used to make transactions.
- Businesses or investments.
- Criminal schemes to launder money.
- Front companies that procure technology that could be used for weapons.
Hizballah is a Lebanon-based terrorist organization that receives weapons, training and money from Iran. Hizballah generates revenue from a combination of support from Iran, international businesses and investments, a network of donors and money laundering activities.
The three individuals are prime examples of key Hizballah financiers or facilitators the United States has designated as “Specially Designated Global Terrorists”:
Adham Tabaja is a Hizballah member who conducts business throughout the Middle East and West Africa on behalf of Hizballah.
Mohammad Ibrahim Bazzi is a key Hizballah financier who has provided millions of dollars to Hizballah generated from his business activities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Ali Youssef Charara is a key Hizballah financier who has received millions of dollars from Hizballah to invest in commercial projects that financially support the terrorist group.