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FBI: Brooklyn HDTV company provided users with 'Hezbollah TV'

RAW STORY
Published: Thursday August 24, 2006

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Javed Iqbal, a.k.a. "John Iqbal," 42, of Staten Island, N.Y., has been arrested and charged with conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), RAW STORY has learned.

A complaint announced today by the FBI alleges that through a company called HDTV Ltd. located in Brooklyn, Iqbal and others provided customers in the New York area with satellite broadcasts of al Manar, which is a television station owned and/or operated by Hezbollah.

The Department of Treasury named al Manar as a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity" in March 2006, thereby making it a crime to, among other things, engage in business transactions with al Manar. In conjunction with the arrest, agents executed search warrants at both HDTV's Brooklyn office and Iqbal's Staten Island residence where, it is alleged, Iqbal maintained several satellite dishes.

Iqbal was arrested Wednesday.

His case will be presented today in Manhattan federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein, who will decide whether Iqbal is detained or released on bail pending further proceedings.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Miller is in charge of the prosecution.