Written by CNN Staff
Kuwait is trying to extradite the Lebanese-Canadian pastor who has been charged in a high-profile extradition case over his role in an offshore company accused of shipping militia shells to Syria in 2011.
Hussein Lafta and his brother Saqr were arrested earlier this year as part of the government’s investigation into the secret company, according to a Kuwaiti court document viewed by CNN. The brothers’ cases are being held in absentia.
Kuwait’s Court of Appeals is set to meet on Monday afternoon in a closed session, according to court officials.
The Lebanese embassy in Kuwait, meanwhile, said in a statement that the alleged private company, Yazas Golan Investments, had been bankrupted in 2012, allegedly for debts totalling millions of dollars.
A UAE court has also frozen accounts belonging to Hussein Lafta and his brother Saqr — Iran-backed Hezbollah’s main financial backer in Lebanon — in connection with an alleged illegal deposit of $400 million to Iran in January 2017. The deposit was made to help ease tensions between the two countries that year.