Lebanese man connected to Hezbollah freed by U.S. as part of secret talks

Reuters |
Published: 07.14.20 , 18:07
A Lebanese man accused of financing Hezbollah was freed from jail in the United States last month as a result of indirect contacts between Tehran and Washington that are expected to yield more releases, three senior Middle East officials said.
Kassim Tajideen was released on June 11, according to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons, and arrived in Lebanon last week. Two of the sources said his release was part of the same track that last year yielded the release of Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese businessman with U.S. permanent residency, from Iran, and Sam Goodwin, a U.S. citizen, from Syria.
Tajideen was released due to health concerns and reports that the release was part of a backroom deal were false, a Department of State spokesperson said.