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Hezbollah denies any ties to ring

October 26, 2008|Times Wire Reports

Hezbollah denied any links to a drug and money-laundering ring broken up by Colombian authorities who say that among those arrested were three men suspected of shipping funds to the Lebanese group.

Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said the allegations were part of a propaganda campaign against his Iranian-backed political and military movement, which is listed by the United States as a terrorist group.

Colombian authorities said on Tuesday that they had broken up the drug and money-laundering network in an international operation that included the arrest of three men suspected of coordinating drug smuggling and sending some of their profits to groups such as Hezbollah, the attorney general's office said.

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