“Hezbollah's Man in NYC” Gets Six Years Behind Bars

TV airing results in prison term

An immigrant from Pakistan who a prosecutor called "Hezbollah's man in New York City'' has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for airing Hezbollah's television station.
Javed Iqbal was ordered by a federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday to serve five years and nine months in prison for putting the broadcasts of Al Manar among stations he sent to customers in New York.
Prosecutor Eric Snyder said Iqbal helped the television station get out the message of the Lebanon-based organization that had killed more Americans than any other terrorist group before Sept. 11, 2001.
Iqbal's lawyer, Josh Dratel, said his client did not intend to aid Hezbollah as he tried to build his television station distribution company.

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