FIU joins the Hezbollah investigation

The Financial Investigations Unit (FIU) of the Belize Police Department has joined the investigation of how suspected Hezbollah terrorist, Rafic Mohammad Labboun Allaboun, acquired Belizean documentation.

FIU Director Marilyn Williams told The Reporter that the FIU’s involvement is required under the Money Laundering and Terrorist Prevention Act.

Under the Act, the FIU is required to be a part of all investigations that have or possibly have ties to terrorist activities. The information gathered from these investigations is to be forwarded to international law enforcement agencies, such as the United State’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Hezbollah is a notorious terrorist group that is said to have connections to Al Qaeda, and are suspected to have played a role in the September 11th, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York.

Rafic’s detention in Mexico and his possession of Belizean documentation have raised concerns about the presence of terrorist groups in Belize.

Williams went on to explain that the FIU was not involved from the onset because she was out of the country when the information about Rafic’s involvement with Hezbollah was obtained.

Since her return, the case file has been forwarded to the FIU, which will be working with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on the matter. Currently the file is under review to see if there will be any criminal charges levied against individuals being investigated on the suspicion of having colluded with Rafic in his illegal acquisition of a Belizean passport, driver’s license and birth certificate under the name Wilhelm Dyck.

It has been confirmed that over the weekend, police located and questioned the brother of the real Wilhelm Dyck, who died two months after he was born.

Police are satisfied the brother had no involvement with Rafic. The Police Criminal Investigation Branch is collaborating with the FIU in the ongoing investigation.

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