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An alleged supporter of Hezbollah appeared in a U.S. court on Friday, one day after being extradited from Paraguay, U.S. officials said.
Moussa Ali Hamdan was in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on charges of aiding the group, which the United States considers a designated foreign terrorist organization, with cash, counterfeit money and fake passports, among other items.
He was being held pending a detention hearing.
The court appearance comes after Hamdan, a dual citizen of the United States and Lebanon, fled to Paraguay after fleeing Brooklyn, New York. Paraguayan authorities arrested Hamdan, who was indicted in absentia in Nov. 2009, last June in Asunción.
His attorney could not immediately be reached.
Hamdan and two co-defendants – Nemir Ali Zhayter and Amer Zoher El Hossni, who were arrested in 2008 and also extradited Thursday – allegedly sold $10,000 counterfeit money with the purpose of raising funds for Hezbollah. Hamdan also paid $10,000 for fraudulent passports, U.S. authorities said.
Further, Hamdan, in dealings with a cooperating witness, purchased and transported stolen goods, including cellular phones, laptop computers and Sony Play Station 2 systems, in addition to buying counterfeit Nike shoes and sports jerseys, authorities claimed.
Hamdan faces 260 years in prison if convicted.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.