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DOJ Appeals Court's Decision To Release Hezbollah Money Man Early

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DOJ Appeals Court's Decision To Release Hezbollah Money Man Early

The Justice Department argues Kassim Tajideen does not qualify to be freed on "compassionate grounds" due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Dan De Luce and Michael Kosnar

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is appealing a federal judge’s decision to grant an early release to a Lebanese man labeled by U.S. authorities as a Hezbollah financier, arguing he does not qualify to be freed on “compassionate grounds” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to court documents.

Kassim Tajideen, 65, had pleaded guilty to money-laundering charges, forfeited $50 million and was sentenced in 2019 to five years in prison. But U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton last month ordered his release and reduced his sentence to time served after Tajideen’s lawyers argued their client was “extremely vulnerable” to contracting COVID-19 due to his age and health.

With Tajideen due to fly back to Lebanon next month, the Justice Department on Thursday filed an appeal of the release order in the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/doj-appeals-court-s-decision-early-release-hezbollah-money-man-n1232332

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