The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the disruption of the financial mechanisms of the global terrorist organization Lebanese Hezbollah.
Based in Lebanon, Hezbollah receives weapons, training, and funding from Iran, which the Secretary of State designated as a state sponsor of terrorism in 1984. Hezbollah generates about a billion dollars a year from a combination of direct financial support from Iran, international businesses and investments, donor networks, and money laundering activities.
The reward could be paid for information leading to the identification and disruption of Hezbollah’s sources of revenue or its key financial facilitators, including major donors; financial institutions facilitating its transactions; businesses or investments owned or controlled by Hezbollah; front companies engaged in international procurement of dual-use technology on Hezbollah’s behalf; and criminal schemes involving Hezbollah members or supporters which benefit the terrorist organization.
In addition to Hezbollah’s global financial networks, the Rewards for Justice Program is highlighting three individuals as examples of the type of key Hezbollah financiers or facilitators about whom it seeks information. They are Adham Tabaja; Mohammad Ibrahim Bassi; and Ali Youssef Charara. Each has previously been designated by the U.S. Treasury Department as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.
Since its inception in 1984, the Rewards for Justice Program has paid in excess of one hundred and fifty million dollars to more than one hundred people who provided actionable information that helped bring terrorists to justice or prevented acts of international terrorism.
If anyone has information on Hezbollah financial networks please contact the Rewards for Justice office via the website at www.rewardsforjustice.net; email: LH@rewardsforjustice.net; phone in North America: at 1-800-877-3927; or mail: Rewards for Justice, Washington, D.C. 20520-0303 USA. Individuals may also contact the Regional Security Officer at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
All information will be kept strictly confidential.