Cyprus Extradites to the U.S. National for Computer Hacking and Hezbollah Suspect for Money Laundering

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Saturday, July 25, 2020
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
36
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

On July 18, 2020, Cyprus extradited two individuals to the United States in unrelated cases. The most important for Cyprus was the extradition of Joshua Polloso Epifaniou, 21, a resident of Nicosia, Cyprus.  He is the first Cypriot national that Cyprus has ever extradited to the U.S. The second case concerned Ghassan Diab, 37 a Lebanese citizen, wanted in Florida for conspiring to engage in, and actually engaging in, laundering of drug proceeds through the black market peso exchange in support of Hezbollah’s global criminal-support network.[1]



[1]    U.S. Department of Justice, Two Alleged Criminals – A Hezbollah Associated Narco-Money Launderer and a Computer Hacker – Extradited from Cyprus to the United States, Press Rel. 20-671, July 18, 2020.