Hezbollah tied to organized crime in Canada, says spy agency

Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (2nd R), escorted by his bodyguards, greets his...

Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (2nd R), escorted by his bodyguards, greets his supporters at an anti-U.S. protest in Beirut's southern suburbs September 17, 2012. (REUTERS/Sharif Karim)

Andrew McIntosh, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:39 AM ET

MONTREAL — Hezbollah members in Canada are involved in organized crime, according to Canadian Security Intelligence Service reports and documents.

Members of the outlawed group — banned as a terrorist entity in Canada since 2002 — also are secretly engaging in fundraising, procurement of materials and intelligence gathering, according to a "threat assessment" report by the Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre.

Hezbollah's activities here were among the subjects the spy agency expressed concern about in a "top secret" 10-page letter he wrote and delivered last July to Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, soon after he was sworn in.

CSIS director Michel Coulombe's letter described ongoing programs and threats.

"Hezbollah is widely considered to be one of the most operationally capable terrorist organizations in the world," Coulombe wrote in his letter, obtained under the Access to Information Act.

 

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