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Man Is Sentenced for Helping Hezbollah

A man who allegedly funneled cigarette trafficking profits to an Islamic-militant group was sentenced Tuesday to four years and nine months in prison. Hassan M. Makki, 42, pleaded guilty in September to a racketeering conspiracy charge and to providing material support to Hezbollah, after it was designated a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department. Makki acknowledged providing more than $2,000 to the militant group. Prosecutors say the money was intended to support Hezbollah’s “orphans of martyrs” program, which benefits families of those killed in Hezbollah operations or by Hezbollah’s enemies. Full Story

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