Recruiting followers and suicide bombers. “He was, in a very real sense, Hezbollah’s man in New York City.”
“6 years in prison for airing Hezbollah TV in NYC,” by Larry Neumeister for Associated Press, April 23 (thanks to Block Ness):
NEW YORK (AP) — A Pakistani immigrant described by prosecutors as “Hezbollah’s man in New York City” was sentenced Thursday to nearly six years in prison for airing the militant group’s television station.
U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman handed down a sentence of five years and nine months to Javed Iqbal, who had pleaded guilty in December to providing aid to a terrorist organization.
Iqbal, 45, admitted as part of a plea agreement that he used satellite dishes on his Staten Island home to distribute broadcasts of Al Manar, the TV station of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah, which has been fighting Israel since the early 1980s and has been branded by the U.S. government as a terrorist group.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Snyder said Iqbal recruited Al Manar, even traveling to “the belly of the beast, South Beirut,” to meet with its general manager.
“He was, in a very real sense, Hezbollah’s man in New York City,” Snyder said.
Snyder said Iqbal bought special satellite equipment to allow Al Manar to provide 24-hour programming from November 2005 through May 2006 so Hezbollah could use it to recruit followers and suicide bombers. Prosecutors said Iqbal’s business was paid $28,000 monthly for at least five months for airing the station to its North American customers….