Brazilian citizen of Lebanese origin, wanted for extradition by U.S., arrested in Paraguay

The U.S. extradition request is based on Executive Order 13,818 implementing the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act that "targets perpetrators of serious human rights abuses and corruption worldwide."

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Paraguayan authorities on Tuesday (24) arrested Kassem Mohamad Hijazi, a Brazilian citizen of Lebanese origin living in the country. The operation took place in Ciudad del Este, part of the so-called Triple Border, comprising Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil.

According to a press conference given by the Prosecutor's Office and the Anti-Drug Secretariat, Hijazi allegedly led a network dedicated to laundering money from drug trafficking and other criminal activities.

His attorney Enrique Giménez told the press that his client is "innocent of all charges and that he is only dedicated to trade and . . .

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