Lebanese Arrested in Canada for Hizbullah Ties
A Lebanese woman has been arrested in Canada on suspicion of links to the Hizbullah terrorist organization.
Mouna Diab, 26, was accused Friday of supplying weapons part to Lebanon, according to The Canadian Press.
Over the weekend, officials added a new charge: offenses for the benefit of a contact linked to Hizbullah.
"It is alleged that Diab was acting under the direction of a contact person in Lebanon who is associated with Hizbullah,” said Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in a statement.
The maximum penalty for the terrorism accusation, which followed an in-depth investigation, is life in prison.
Diab was arrested in May 2011 at the international airport in Montreal for allegedly attempting to smuggle the parts to an AR-15 rifle out of the country.
Canadian authorities later added a charge of illegally exporting weapons to Lebanon. According to The Canadian Press, Diab had been using members of the Canadian Lebanese community as mules to “export” weapons parts. Those who carried the part were allegedly unaware of the contents of their packages.