Middle East

In early January 1998, the Brazilian newspaper Estado de Sao Paulo quoted Argentine journalist Hernan Lopez Accago name transliterated, who has just published a book on drug and weapons smuggling in the Triborder region, in the sense that many entrepreneurs in the region to pay is equivalent to a war tax to the armed Arab groups in the region. This money is used in the financing of the military in various parts of the world. During the period 1999-2001, Islamic extremist groups received at least 50 million dollars of the Arab residents in the area of Foz do Iguacu, Parana, through the feet, the traffic on the bridge of the friendship of Paraguay reflects the Muslim financial institutions, population, banks and exchange houses. The United States.UU. and the Governments of Paraguay obtained evidence that the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Palestinian group Hamas group received funds from Arab residents in Foz do Iguacu. The Minister of the Interior, Julio Cesar Fanego Paraguay was quoted as saying: we have tested the sending of remittances of money to Arab extremist groups.

I am almost sure that there are people linked to the Triborder Hezbola in the region…. The exact figure will probably be somewhere between $50 and $500 million. The Minister explained that the majority of money remittance operations included very small amounts of money, between $500 and $2,000.66 the whole of Paraguay-USA Brazil security agencies stated that the financial assistance given in 2000 by groups of the Region for Islamic and terrorist organizations in the Middle East, like Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, a total of $261 million. The report noted the strengthening of the influence of the networks of organised crime in the triangle composed of various nationalities, Colombians, Brazilians, Chinese, Lebanese, Nigerians, Russians, of Ghana, and the people of Ivory Coast. These groups are active in Paraguay already along the Colombia drug trafficking route to the United States and Europe.

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