Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Canadians helping terrorists

These gentlemen are in big trouble...
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two shipping company employees, including one man from Montreal, have pleaded guilty in connection with a planned shipment of night-vision goggles to the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah.
Naji Antoine Abi Khalil, 40, of Montreal and originally from Lebanon, entered three guilty pleas in Little Rock, including attempting to provide material support for Hezbollah.
The U.S. Attorney’s office in New York also announced that Tomer Grinberg had pleaded guilty on July 28 to conspiracy to export sensitive military equipment without proper licences.
Both men face the possibility of long prison terms.
Khalil faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in jail and a $750,000 US fine. He also faces money-laundering charges stemming from an investigation that begun in 2001.
Khalil and his wife made headlines more than a decade ago when they became parents of Quebec’s first quintuplets. The family now lives in Beirut.
Khalil and Grinberg were arrested in New York in May after an investigation by FBI agents, Scotland Yard detectives and the RCMP.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment on how an Israeli citizen got involved in supplying Hezbollah, an organization that denies Israel’s right to exist.
The FBI said it used a witness wearing a wire to catch Khalil discussing a shipment of night-vision goggles to Hezbollah in Athens, Greece.
Khalil, who was chairman of the Canadian import-export company New Line Services, told an undercover FBI agent that he would create false documents to get the shipment to Hezbollah undetected.
Grinberg, who worked for the Brooklyn-based Tober Group, joined Khalil and the undercover agent at a Manhattan storage facility to pick up $5,000 worth of night-vision goggles and infrared aiming devices, designed for mounting on M-16 rifles.
The two men were arrested after Khalil accepted a $2,500 downpayment from the agent, said U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins in Little Rock.

More reasons to be distrustful, eh?