A dentist? Doesn’t he know that only poverty leads to support for terrorism? “2 charged with aiding Hezbollah TV station: One suspect is Old Bridge dentist,” by Bill Bowman for the Asbury Park Press, with thanks to Carl:
An Old Bridge resident was one of two men charged Monday with supporting the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah by conspiring to broadcast the group’s television station in New York.
Saleh Elahwal, 52, of Highpointe Way was arrested at his home Monday morning by federal law enforcement officials. Elahwal was charged along with Javed Iqbal, 42, of Staten Island, who surrendered to authorities Monday.
The men were charged with providing material support to a terrorist organization by arranging to broadcast al Manar, Hezbollah’s television station, to customers of the Brooklyn-based HDTV Ltd. satellite television business, which federal prosecutors allege the two operate. The station was designated by the U.S. government this year as a global terrorist entity.
The men also were charged with providing broadcast technology to al Manar.
They face maximum jail terms of 100 years if convicted.
Elahwal is a dentist in Brooklyn and has “never committed a crime in his life,” his attorney, Edward Sapone, said Monday. “He’s done nothing but serve the community and looks forward to his day in court.”
Neighbors in Highpointe “¦ a neighborhood of detached, single-family homes off Route 516 “¦ were stunned by the news Monday.
“It’s totally shocking because you don’t think this would happen so close to home,” said Michael Luzio, who doesn’t know Elahwal. “I never saw anything strange.”
Most other neighbors, who did not want their names used, described Elahwal as pleasant, a man who had never done or said anything to indicate ties with a terrorist organization.
Which only indicates that he is not a fool.