NEW YORK – A Pakistani immigrant who a prosecutor called "Hezbollah's man in New York City" has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for airing the Lebanese militant group's television station.
Javed Iqbal was ordered by a federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday to serve five years and nine months for putting the broadcasts of Al Manar among stations he sent to customers in New York.
Prosecutor Eric Snyder says Iqbal helped the TV station get out Hezbollah's message. He says the organization had killed more Americans than any other terrorist group before Sept. 11, 2001.
Iqbal lawyer Josh Dratel says his client didn't intend to aid Hezbollah as he tried to build his television station distribution company.
Hezbollah recently has taken a moderate tone before Lebanon's June 7 parliamentary elections.