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Ex-business partner says Saudi prince helped Hezbollah

May 17, 2013 at 1:14 AM   |   Comments

LONDON, May 17 (UPI) -- A British appeals court Thursday ruled documents alleging a former Saudi defense minister helped Hezbollah launder money must be made public.

The documents include charges by Prince Mishal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud's former business partner that the prince and his son, Prince Abdulaziz bin Mishal bin Al Saud, were also involved in smuggling gems from the Democratic Republic of Congo, The Guardian reported.

The two princes have accused Faisal Almhairat, a Jordanian national, of embezzling money and shutting down their joint business. They have been trying to prevent the disclosure of Almhairat's charges.

The princes and Almhairat were involved in Fi Call, a telecommunications company. The litigation was originally brought by Global Torch, a British Virgin Islands company that serves as an investment vehicle for the father and son, but Almhairat brought them into the case with his counter-claims.

Prince Mishal is a brother of King Abdullah. Almhairat's charge that he was assisting Hezbollah could be especially damaging because the Lebanese group, labeled a terrorist organization by the United States, is backed by Iran.

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