Of Masters and Their Slaves

"It only stands to reason that where there's sacrifice, there's someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there's service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master." ―Ayn Rand

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Rafic Labboun Exposes Growing Hezbollah Presence in Mexico

By Kelly Holt

Logo of Hezbollah, an international terror and crime organization based in Lebanon
Logo of Hezbollah, an international
terror and crime organization based
in Lebanon
North Carolina Representative Sue Myrick (R) has been very vocal in warning of a Hezbollah presence in Mexico, and in urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to step up surveillance of terrorists there. She joins a host of concerned Americans who are worried about the porosity of the nation’s southern border — and continually cautions that border issues aren’t just about immigrants seeking a better life, but about easy access that terrorists have to America.

In June, 2010, she penned a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano requesting the establishment of a task force to “engage US and Mexican law enforcement and border patrol officials about Hezbollah’s presence, activities and connection to gangs and drug cartels."

Indeed, a year later, the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, in October, 2011, released a report concluding that Hezbollah “is using the Western Hemisphere as a staging ground, fundraising center, and operation base to wage asymmetric warfare against the United States.” Entitled The Mounting Hezbollah Threat in Latin America, the report also pointed out that “evidence indicates Hezbollah is sharing its terrorist experiences and techniques with Mexican drug cartels along the US border.”

And just two weeks ago, Mansour Arbabsiar, a naturalized U.S. citizen holding both Iranian and U.S. passports, pled guilty in New York for plotting to pay a Los Zetas cartel (also a DEA informant) hitman to assassinate a Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States. Fox News reported, "'A little more than a year after his arrest, Mansour Arbabsiar has admitted to his role in a deadly plot approved by members of the Iranian military to assassinate a sitting foreign ambassador on U.S. soil,' Attorney General Eric Holder said in a press release."

Fox News also reported that in the fall of 2010 the Tucson Police Department cited the arrest of Jameel Nasar, who attempted to establish a Hezbollah network in Mexico and in South America. And during the previous year — after Jamal Yousef was arrested in New York City — it was learned that weapons stolen from Iran by Yousef’s cousin, an alleged Hezbollah member, were stored in Mexico.

But even after Myrick’s letter to Napolitano, the Secretary said there was no need for a task force, as current intelligence resources were adequate. Napolitano also claimed in 2011 that, “The border is better now than it has ever been.”

The Hezbollah operative, Saba Islamic Center imam, and convicted felon Rafic Labboun (a.k.a. Rafic Labboun Allaboun; a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck)
The Hezbollah operative, Saba Islamic Center
imam, and convicted felon Rafic Labboun (a.k.a.
Rafic Labboun Allaboun; a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck)
However, Borderland Beat reported on September 10, 2012 of the arrest of a suspected American Hezbollah supporter in Merida, in the Yucatan peninsula. Rafic Mohammad Labboun Allaboun is an imam from the Shia Association of Bay Area (Saba Islamic Center of San Jose, California), and was arrested with two others, from Belize, suspected of being part of an Islamic terror cell operating in central America and the Yucatan. The report added that Merida has a large Lebanese and Syrian population.

Fox added a remark from Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s office — “'The Arizona Department of Homeland Security has indicated there are elements of Middle Eastern Islamic extremist groups operating in Mexico,' said Matthew Benson, Director of Communications for Brewer. 'From the governor's standpoint, it is critical to have a secure border for criminal elements who would take advantage of a porous border, especially like the one we have in Arizona.' "

North Carolina Representative Sue Myrick (R)
North Carolina Representative
Sue Myrick (R)
Myrick has repeatedly warned of a Hezbollah presence in Mexico and said she’s concerned about discussion of terrorism in the Middle East while ignoring potential threats in Mexico. “Given the evidence available, it only makes sense that DHS should, at the very least, investigate the presence of Hezbollah along our Southern border, regardless of who is in office.”

Remarkably, Texas Governor Rick Perry, whose state has the largest segment of the nation’s southern border, maintains a contradictory position on the issues. While he mentioned in last year’s presidential debate that, “We’re seeing countries start to come in and infiltrate. We know that Hamas and Hezbollah are working in Mexico as well as Iran with their ploy to come into the United States,” he continues to take a less-than-tough stance on illegal immigration. From signing into law a tuition break for illegal immigrants to his abysmal sacrifice of Texas’ sovereignty to his goal of building the Trans Texas Corridor “connecting the Texas cities and towns along the proposed I-69 route to the industrial heartland of Mexico, and the industrial base of Middle America,” his actions belie his words. No other project could lay out the welcome mat to terrorists as prominently as Perry’s Corridor project.

Sue Myrick will be retiring at the end of the 112th Congress, in January 2013.

This article was first published by The New American.

Rafic Labboun is an imam with the Northern California-based Shia Association of Bay Area (Saba Center of San Jose) and Fatimiyya Islamic Center of Hayward.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Belize Passport Scandal Triggered by Rafic Labboun Could Be Resolved With Legitimate Economic Citizenship Program

By Mark Nestmann

Over the last few weeks, local news sources in Belize have reported that officials in the country’s immigration and passport offices issued identity documents to an individual linked to an Islamic jihadist organization.

Rafic Labboun (a.k.a. Rafik Mohammed Labboun Allaboun; a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck) of Hezbollah and Shia Association of Bay Area (a.k.a. Saba Islamic Center of San Jose, CA)
Rafic Labboun (a.k.a. Rafik Mohammed Labboun
Allaboun; a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck) of Hezbollah and
Shia Association of Bay Area (a.k.a. Saba Islamic
Center of San Jose, CA)
Police in Merida, Mexico detained Rafic Labboun (a.k.a. Rafik Mohammed Labboun Allaboun), a U.S. citizen, in early September. At the time of his arrest, Allaboun had in his possession a Belize birth certificate, driver’s license, and passport in the name of Wilhelm Dyck, a Belizean infant who died two months after his birth in 1976. Apparently Allaboun, who has been linked to the Islamist group Hezbollah, was able to obtain all of these documents in a single three-day visit to Belize in August. A criminal investigation is now underway.

This is not the first allegation of fraud in Belize immigration matters. In 2010, a total of 33 Chinese nationals bearing Japanese passports landed at the Belize International Airport on a chartered flight after it had closed operations for the evening. All of them obtained entry documents to Belize. After arrival, all of the migrants disappeared. The Japanese passports on which they traveled were later determined to be fakes. In 2011, prosecutors brought charges against six low-level officials, but the case was so weak that the Chief Magistrate dismissed the case. No charges were brought against higher-level officials who could have known and possibly facilitated the fraud.

Belize isn’t a wealthy country. Most of its public officials receive low salaries. At the same time, the country’s finances are in such dire straits that in August, it failed to make a $23 million interest payment on $547 million of bonds issued by international lenders. It avoided formal default only after making a partial payment in September.

Given the precarious state of the economy on the one hand, and the enormous value of a passport from a peaceful, neutral country such as Belize on the other, it’s not surprising that some degree of corruption exists in immigration matters. The question is, how to best deal with it?

The Belize government has already announced reforms in the process to acquire a Belize passport or other national identity documents. Officials who sign off on applications will be held accountable for their actions.

This is a good start. However, I think another way to address both issues would be with a well-regulated economic citizenship program. During the 1990s, an economic citizenship program existed in Belize, but it was plagued by allegations of corruption. Eventually, it was shut down.

Belize would enjoy substantial benefits if the program were revived and properly regulated. For instance, if the government authorized issuance of 10,000 Belize passports in exchange for a contribution of $75,000, the plan would raise $750 million. Not only would this amount more than retire Belize’s external debt, it would also pay for higher salaries to government officials administering the program. This would greatly reduce incentives for corruption.

To assure all applicants are properly vetted, the government could appoint an external due diligence agency to review all applications for citizenship. It could also make the disposition of the monies raised a matter of public record via an Internet page accessible to any interested party. This step would help to assure funds are disbursed in the manner authorized by law.

Of course, economic citizenship is a controversial topic. Many well-meaning Belize citizens are dead-set against reviving the program. They point not only to the corruption that surrounded it, but express outrage over the sale of their birthright to well-heeled outsiders.

I certainly understand the political sensitivity of this matter. But, would it not be preferable to permit a few thousand wealthy, but law-abiding, foreigners carry Belize passports than to grovel before international donors year after year? From this perspective, a well regulated program that ends automatically after a specific number of passports are issued, with the funds dedicated to a specific public purpose benefiting all citizens, just might find political support.

This article was first published by Mark Nestmann. Copyright © 2012 by Mark Nestmann.

Rafic Labboun is an imam with the Northern California-based Shia Association of Bay Area (Saba Center of San Jose) and Fatimiyya Islamic Center of Hayward.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Visas, Visas, Visas! Hezbollah, Nepal and China

The convicted felon, Hezbollah operative, and imam at Saba Islamic Center Rafic Labboun (a.k.a. Rafic Mohammad Labboun Allaboun; a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck)
The convicted felon, Hezbollah operative, and
imam at Saba Islamic Center Rafic Labboun
(a.k.a. Rafic Mohammad Labboun Allaboun;
a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck)

Following the alleged Hezbollah associate Rafic Labboun’s receipt of a Belizean passport in the name of Wilhelm Dyck, the Ministry of Immigration had temporarily closed the Passport Office in Belize City.

After the Hezbollah passport scandal became an international media event, other incidences have come to light. Human trafficking involving natives of Nepal has been uncovered to be simultaneously occurring before and after the Hezbollah incident. According to official documents, the Nepalese nationals have all claimed their trips to Belize were sponsored by the owner of the Bismillah Store in Cayo. But the Bismillah guests have not returned to their country of origin. All that is known is that the man who picked them up at the airport has been identified as Kashif Raza Ali Jaffery, a naturalized Belizean from Pakistan who acted as an agent of his uncle, Khalid Mahmood of Bismillah Store.

But there is another group that is also following a similar pattern. A resident of Santa Elena identified as Zebo Liang makes regular pickups of Chinese nationals at the airport. On September twenty-third, twenty-six year old Shu Bin Zhao, twenty-five year old Huan Wang, twenty-eight year old Xiao Mo Zheng and twenty-seven year old Lun Qin Lin, all arrived on TACA flight 414 and left with the Santa Elena resident. Five days later, on Friday September twenty-eighth, Ziang picked up thirty year old Zhou Qin Ni, twenty-one year old Bin Bin Liu, twenty-one year old Jin Qing Zhao, and thirty-seven year old Yiain Chen, who also came on a TACA flight.

They all had single entry visas that were issued in Belmopan. The policies of the Immigration Department dictate that in the absence of a Belize Embassy, a visitor to Belize would then go to a British Embassy which would facilitate the process of receiving a visa. No one has ever explained how foreigners who have never stepped a foot into the country can travel from as far away as Guang Zhou, China with Belmopan visas already stamped in their passports. A larger group of thirteen Chinese nationals arrived this week using the Havana, Cuba route, that was closed down during a previous immigration scandal when plane loads of Asians trying to reach the U.S. were intercepted. The group arrived on October third on AeroCaribe flight 848. The tourist visas, of course, were all issued from the Immigration Department in Belmopan. Most of the visas were issued in September this year.

This article was first published by News 5 in Belize.

Rafic Labboun is an imam with the Northern California-based Shia Association of Bay Area (Saba Center of San Jose) and Fatimiyya Islamic Center of Hayward.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Identity theft by Hezbollah's Rafic Labboun causes closure of passport office in Belize City


Hold Up Hezbollah: An Immigration Intermission!

Rafic Labboun (a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck) preaching at Fatimiyya Islamic Center of Hayward, California
Rafic Labboun (a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck) preaching
at Fatimiyya Islamic Center of Hayward, California
If you've been following the news, you may know that there was a recent immigration fiasco in which Rafic Labboun (a.k.a. Rafic Allaboun), an alleged Hezbollah operative managed to get an official Belizean passport issued under a false identity in two days.

Since then, Minister of Immigration, Hon. Godwin Hulse, and other government officials have been hard at work to implement new procedures which will hopefully curb the corruption that has plagued the department and shut off those loopholes.

And in that vein, the government today issued a press release to announce the temporary closing of the passport offices in Belize City. According to the release, anyone who wishes to apply for a passport must go to the Belmopan and other district offices.

Rafic Labboun is Wilhelm Dyck on a forged Belizean passport
Rafic Labboun is Wilhelm Dyck on a forged Belizean passport

There is no indication about how long the Belize City office will remain close, only that it was necessary for improvement on processing and service delivery.

This article was first published by 7 News Belize.

Rafic Labboun is an imam with the Northern California-based Shia Association of Bay Area (Saba Center of San Jose) and Fatimiyya Islamic Center of Hayward.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Police auditors join the Hezbollah investigation in Belize

Rafic Labboun is Wilhelm Dyck on a forged Belizean passport
Rafic Labboun is Wilhelm Dyck
on a forged Belizean passport

The Financial Investigations Unit (FIU) of the Belize Police Department has joined the investigation of how suspected Hezbollah terrorist, Rafic Mohammad Labboun "Allaboun," acquired Belizean documentation.

FIU Director Marilyn Williams told The Reporter that the FIU’s involvement is required under the Money Laundering and Terrorist Prevention Act.

Under the Act, the FIU is required to be a part of all investigations that have or possibly have ties to terrorist activities. The information gathered from these investigations is to be forwarded to international law enforcement agencies, such as the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Hezbollah logo
Hezbollah logo
Hezbollah is a notorious terrorist group that is said to have connections to Al Qaeda, and are suspected to have played a role in the September 11th, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York.

Rafic’s detention in Mexico and his possession of Belizean documentation have raised concerns about the presence of terrorist groups in Belize.

Williams went on to explain that the FIU was not involved from the onset because she was out of the country when the information about Rafic’s involvement with Hezbollah was obtained.

Since her return, the case file has been forwarded to the FIU, which will be working with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on the matter. Currently the file is under review to see if there will be any criminal charges levied against individuals being investigated on the suspicion of having colluded with Rafic in his illegal acquisition of a Belizean passport, driver’s license and birth certificate under the name Wilhelm Dyck.

It has been confirmed that over the weekend, police located and questioned the brother of the real Wilhelm Dyck, who died two months after he was born.

Police are satisfied the brother had no involvement with Rafic. The Police Criminal Investigation Branch is collaborating with the FIU in the ongoing investigation.

This article was first published by The Reporter in Belize.

Rafic Labboun is an imam with the Northern California-based Shia Association of Bay Area (Saba Center of San Jose) and Fatimiyya Islamic Center of Hayward.

Min. Hulse Speaks on the Rafic Labboun Immigration Debacle

Rafic Labboun "Allaboun" a.k.a Wilhelm Dyck
Rafic Labboun "Allaboun"
a.k.a Wilhelm Dyck
And while that happened inside the Chamber, outside we spoke to Senator Godwin Hulse - about his other role - as Minister Of Immigration.

Last week the Prime Minister announced that Hulse was leading a comprehensive review of the system to tie up loopholes and eliminate corruption. That's after Lebanese-American Rafic Labboun - an alleged Hezbollah affiliate - got a Belizean passport in two days - using the identity of Wilhelm Dyck - a Mennonite newborn who died in Shipyard 26 years ago.

Hulse told us that the legislation is archaic:

Hon. Godwin Hulse
Hon. Godwin Hulse
Hon. Godwin Hulse
"We are working feverishly. Even as we speak the staff is putting together some final changes which we have taken to the SolGen to redo the legislation. The legislation is archaic and so there are some gaping holes - put in a nutshell perhaps it was at the time when men were very honorable."

"What we seek to do is to ensure 3 things: first, that anybody who holds a document representing them as part of this beautiful family we call Belizeans that when they come for that document they are who they say they are and they are a Belizean either by birth, decent or registration and we will do whatever is necessary to ensure that that is the case. When they step abroad and they represent themselves as a member of this family it can be genuine because for everybody who misrepresents they disenfranchise every one of us: you, myself and all the rest of us will look like some kind of fake, so we are intending of ensuring that."

"We've redone the forms; it will pose a little bit of inconvenience when you now apply for a passport. It's not going to hold up the process but you have to go through a few extra steps. I ask the citizens to bare with that because it's better to be inconvenient at home than to stand alone in Miami or somewhere and be inconvenience."

Jules Vasquez of Channel 7 Belize
Jules Vasquez of Channel 7 Belize
Jules Vasquez
"Was there from your studied opinion any malpractice or malfeasants or corrupt behavior in facilitating nationality papers for Rafic Labboun aka Wilhelm Dyck?"

Hon. Godwin Hulse
"How the question is poise I can't say there is. What I can say is that because the process and the system was the way it was all those criteria were met; person came with a birth paper, person came with a form sign by a JP, person came with a social security card - he was good to go."

Jules Vasquez
"You believe that the person came with a social security card? We know that no social security card was issued."

Hon. Godwin Hulse
"He came with one that looks like a social security card and so the immigration department I guess at that time and still now is not equipped to verify those. We are going to enhance the identity, so we will make absolutely certain when you say you are Jules Vasquez - that's who you are and when you say you are a Belizean - that's who you are."

Jules Vasquez
"I understand that there are four Nepalese detain with Pakistani passports with Belize Visas right now at immigration department or they were earlier this week. Is this information that you have receive?"

Hon. Godwin Hulse
"It's coming in bits and pieces, we've heard all sorts things, but where the visas are concern, again we are tightening that up to make sure that only persons who are genuine visitors to this country are allowed. If you are sponsoring somebody things like you will be require to place a bond, persons are require to have departure tickets etc. if you say you are leaving by the airport and you manage not to leave by the airport - the sponsor forfeits his bond and all sorts of things we are tightening up on that process as well."

Jules Vasquez
"However, has there been a recent infraction with visas?"

Hon. Godwin Hulse
"Not officially informed to us I will say. We've heard it unofficially as well, the Ministry of National Security has been looking into it and our departments have been looking into it. Some texts have been coming in while I was speaking and I haven't have a chance to look at them."

Hulse added that there will also be some personnel transfers coming out of his review.

This article was first published by 7 News Belize.

Rafic Labboun is an imam with the Northern California-based Shia Association of Bay Area (Saba Center of San Jose) and Fatimiyya Islamic Center of Hayward.

Rafic Labboun's companion Yasser Safa a wanted man

Yasser Safa
Yasser Safa

Yasser Safa, brother of suspected terrorist abettor Samir Safa, is wanted in both Mexico and Belize.

Safa is wanted in Mexico in connection with an immigration investigation, and he is wanted in Belize to be questioned for his involvement with the alleged terrorist operative Rafic Mohammad Labboun Allaboun, who is said to be a member of the radical Islamic terrorist group Hezbollah.

Safa is being sought to confirm the legality of his presence in Mexico. When Samir was arrested earlier in September, Mexican authorities discovered that he had two sets of documentation: one purporting that he was in Mexico as a tourist, the other that he was there as an immigrant.

Rafic Labboun "Allaboun" a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck
Rafic Labboun "Allaboun" a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck
The all points bulletin (APB) was put out for Yasser, so that his documentation could be reviewed by the Mexican authorities.

According to the   National Security ministry’s Public Relations Officer Delroy Cuthkelvin, both Safa brothers, who are naturalized Belizeans, face possible deportation back to Belize.

Belizean authorities are eagerly awaiting their arrival, as they are wanted for questioning in relation to how Rafic was able to acquire his Belizean documentation and how he assumed the identity of Wilhelm Dyck.
Police investigations continue into the Rafic case and, according to Cuthkelvin, if Yasser Safa is found to have illegitimate documentation, a short judicial process for deportation will ensue before they are deported to Belize.

This article was first published The Reporter in Belize.

Rafic Labboun is an imam with the Northern California-based Shia Association of Bay Area (Saba Center of San Jose) and Fatimiyya Islamic Center of Hayward.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Hezbollah Connection


The convicted felon Rafic Labboun is Wilhelm Dyck on forged Belizean passport
The convicted felon Rafic Labboun
is Wilhelm Dyck on forged
Belizean passport
The Barrow Administration continues to claim that it has no idea how known terror suspect, Rafic Mohammad Labboun "Allaboun," obtained a false Belizean birth certificate, passport and driver’s license in only two days.

Labboun stole a Belizean Mennonite identity, Wilhelm Dyck, with assistance from personnel from the Vital Statistics Unit. He then applied for a Belizean passport under that false identity and obtained the travel document easily from the Belize City passport office. And then he travelled to Belmopan where the Mayor’s son-in-law, Traffic Manager Kevin Jones, personally processed his first time driver’s license even after the cut-off time had passed.

Information to the BELIZE TIMES indicates that Labboun also obtained a fake Social Security Card, which may require an investigation of that office as well.

The Belize Minister of Immigration Godwin Hulse
The Belize Minister of Immigration
Godwin Hulse
The Minister of Immigration, Godwin Hulse, has struggled with the investigation. He finds himself in the biggest scandal of recent UDP history. Not only is it a national shame, but also an international embarrassment as Labboun was caught with the Belizean passport by U.S. CIA forces in Mexico. The news went global, and everyone knows it was under Hulse’s watch that such corruption manifested. The embarrassment is intensified by the fact that two weeks later, he still can’t give answers.

And while the investigations into that one case continue, more immigration red flags are surfacing. There is the case of one Fidel Garcia who has a passport addressed at Barrack Road, but there is not such person with that name living on Barrack Road. A series of Lebanese-owned stores do adorn Barrack Road.

There is also the case of Visas issued to questionable persons travelling from Nepal and India. The businessmen travel to Belize through Central and South America and claim their trip is paid for by a certain store in San Ignacio Town.



Barrack Road, Belize City, Belize


This article was first published by The Belize Times.

Rafic Labboun is an imam with the Northern California-based Shia Association of Bay Area (Saba Center of San Jose) and Fatimiyya Islamic Center of Hayward.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hezbollah identity theft investigation continues in Belize

Belmopan City employee questioned

Rafic Labboun as Wilhelm Dyck on a Belize driver's license
Rafic Labboun as Wilhelm Dyck
 on a Belize driver's license

The police investigation into the Belizean passport, driver’s license and birth certificate, issued in late August to alleged Hezbollah associate Rafic Labboun continues. The Criminal Investigations Branch of the police has taken a statement from Kevin Jones, a supervisor at the Belmopan City Council, who issued the driver’s license to Labboun in the name of Wilhelm Dyck. The first inconsistent issue that is to be resolved is how the license was issued in a twelve thousand series while the department is still using the eleven thousand series on the documents. The investigators also noted that citizens can pick up their licenses no later than three-thirty, but Labboun got his Belizean driver’s license at four thirty, one hour after the cut-off time. Police are also questioning the younger brother of Wilhelm Dyck. It appears that he may have provided information of his deceased brother’s identity to others. So the police are trying to determine who knew details about Dyck’s short life and if that could be a possible trail that could lead to Labboun. The case file has been handed over to Marilyn Williams of the Financial Intelligence Unit, but efforts, including voice mails to reach her over the past few days have been futile.

Belize Minister of Immigration Godwin Hulse
Belize Minister of Immigration
Godwin Hulse
There is also another case that is being investigated for a possible passport violation issued to one Fidel Garcia of Barrack Road. No one by that name lives at the address. It is a location frequented by naturalized Belizeans from the Middle East. News Five has continued its series on visas issued to people from West Africa, East Africa, South Asia, East Asia and Middle Eastern nations. The most recent case involved visas given to alleged businessmen from Nepal and India. The businessmen travel to Belize via Chile and El Salvador. They claim that their trips are sponsored by the owner of Bismillah Store in San Ignacio and they stay at Belmoral Hotel on Burns Avenue. The names, ages, passport numbers and Belize visa numbers have been handed over to the Minister of Immigration, Godwin Hulse who says that he will have the matter investigated.  The question of how the owner of a small store can regularly finance the visit of these alleged businessmen to Belize should also be a matter for the Financial Intelligence Unit. Contacts in Nepal and India have been unable to determine if these alleged business persons have returned to their homeland. We’ll keep following the paper and money trails of this story.

Bismillah Store, 3 Burns Avenue, San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize
Bismillah Store, 3 Burns Avenue, San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize
This article was first published by News 5 Belize.

Rafic Labboun is an imam with the Northern California-based Shia Association of Bay Area (Saba Center of San Jose) and Fatimiyya Islamic Center of Hayward.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hezbollah Terrorist Rafic Labboun Obtained Belizean Documents In a Span of Three Days

Rafik Mohammed Labboun Allaboun
Rafic Labboun
(a.k.a. Rafik Mohammed Labboun

Allaboun; a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck)

Last night we told you about the three individuals that were arrested in Mexico, allegedly members of Hezbollah. Two of the individuals, Justin George Abdalah Elders and Yasser Safa are of Belizean Nationality while 44 year old Rafik Mohammed Labboun Allaboun, a Lebanese American, identified himself with a Belizean passport under the name of Wilhem Dyck at the time of his arrest. Here in Belize the news of the men’s detention sent off the alarms at the Ministry of National Security and investigations have revealed that at the time of his arrest Labboun (Allaboun) had a Belizean Passport a Birth Certificate and a driver’s license on him all under the name of Wilhelm Dyck.

Today when we spoke to Public Relations Officer for the Ministry of National Security Delroy Cuthkelvin, he told us that the matter has been turned over to the Criminal Investigations Branch and their findings are alarming.

Delroy Cuthkelvin - Public Relations Officer Ministry of National Security
Delroy Cuthkelvin
Delroy Cuthkelvin
“There are three things that the police authorities have been trying to establish particularly where it concerns the individual that has been referred to in the Mexican Press as an American national with Arab origin let’s say in the East of Belize.  The person has been carrying a fake Belizean passport that was issued in the name of one Wilhem Dyck, two this person has been carrying a birth certificate also in the name of Wilhem Dyck and third that person had been carrying a driver’s license also issued in the name of Wilhem Dyck. One of the things to note is that all these three documents were obtained within the period of about three days on the 29th of August 2012 a birth certificate was issued at the Vital Statistics office, on the 29th of August 2012 an application was supposed to have been made at the passport office in Belize City for a passport to be obtained in the name of Wilhem Dyck and the person paid to have the process expedited which is the normal process he paid $100 to have the passport issued expressed and obtained the passport the following day the 30th of August 2012.  We have been trying to established as I said whether in fact these document were officially issued by our authorities and all indications seem to be that in fact the birth certificate and the passport are concerned that they were in fact officially issued so the police has requested that all the files be turned over to them from the passport office and from the Vital Statistics Office.”

So far investigations have been able to establish that Wilhem Dyke was indeed born in the Village of Shipyard in the Orange Walk District. But he passed away at a very young age.

Delroy Cuthkelvin - Public Relations Officer Ministry of National Security
Forged Belize passport showing Rafic Labboun as Wilhelm Dyck
Forged Belize passport showing
Rafic Labboun as Wilhelm Dyck
“One of the things we have been able to verified in fact that there was a Wilhem Dyck that was born in shipyard, Orange Walk District on the 8th of February 1976, our police investigations revealed that in fact that person died shortly after he was born about two months later and that the persons parents who on the birth certificate are listed as David Dyck and Judith Dyck are also deceased having died one 20 years ago and the other about 25 years ago and the way that was able to be found out was first the police department had officers visit the Shipyard in Orange Walk and were able to locate a vista of the person who was born with that name, Wilhelm Dyck and she had verified that in fact she had a brother who was born by that name on the 8th of February of 1976 and shortly died after two months later and that her parents, David Dyck and Judith Dyck are in fact now deceased as well  about 20 to 25 years ago, so what the police authorities are trying to do is to establish who made the application for the birth certificate at the Vital Statistical office in Belize City.”

According to Cuthkelvin latest reports indicate that Rafik Mohammed Labboun Allaboun did set foot in Belize.

Delroy Cuthkelvin - Public Relations Officer Ministry of National Security
Belize driver's license showing Rafic Labboun as Wilhelm Dyck
Belize driver's license showing
Rafic Labboun as Wilhelm Dyck
The latest report receiving from our police authorities is that the people at the passport office has confirmed to them that in fact this individual did in fact set foot in Belize and did physically went to the office and applied for a passport, again as I said they still have not been able to furnish those hard of the actual application that was made and the police were saying that this is also critical in application to the computer files that were found, they need hard copy of the application because there are certain things contained in those hard copies of the application that will be able to lead them to who exactly received the application and who processed the application and also in terms of the J.P. who certified the person in question, that person has already been identified based on the computer information and that person has been picked up and being questioned by police and the person is saying that basically he need to see a copy of the photo and he would see the application to remember what he needs to remember in that regards.  Where the driver’s license is concern our authorities the police officers also visited the office in Belmopan that issues driver’s licenses and were able to establish that the driver’s license in question which was carrying an ID, that ID is actually a number, that ID number is actually a number of a residence  in Belmopan who also had a driver’s license issued to him in the past, so clearly there was some degree of identity theft that went on there, also at the back of the driver’s license there is a serial number and in the case of this particular driver’s license the series of the number is on the 12000 series and the licensing authorities were able to establish that they haven’t reached that series yet they are still in the 11000 series so clearly the number on that license is not a valid number, as to whether that license was actually issued by the licensing authorities in Belmopan we are still trying to verify and also the address that was used on the driver’s license the police have visited that address in Belmopan which is #20 half-moon street, they didn’t find #20 per say they found 1820 and were able to establish who actually resides at that address and are trying to interview those persons to find out if they have any idea why that address had been used.”

Of note is that the hard copy of the Belizean passport has not been handed over to authorities as yet.  Presently police are questioning the person whose I.D. number was used on the driver’s license. But along with the investigation comes another question, how many people were involved in the issuing of the documents? According to Cuthkelvin heads will roll and no stone will be left unturned.

Delroy Cuthkelvin - Public Relations Officer Ministry of National Security
“There are some weaknesses in the system that will have to be upgraded and one of those weaknesses for example is in the case of the Vital Statistics office, the police were told that they don’t physically file applications by week or by month and so and so there is a difficult in retrieving an application, the hard copy of an application that was made for a copy of a birth certificate and likewise in the case of the passport department clearly there is a problem with filing that they are having so much difficulty not been able so far to retrieve the physical application that was made so immediately right up front that seem to be one of the weaknesses of both of these areas and so the police in addition trying to establish any wrong doing on the part of any one and is also being tasked to question people in those departments as to the process and to see whether the process has weaknesses in it or whether the weakness comes in the execution  of the actual process, whether in fact the process is not proof or whether the process is being carried out to the letter as is been required.  This is a thorough comprehensive investigation, no stones will be left unturned the police is on a full investigation into how this particular individual came by the documented questions and who might have facilitated him and what was the motive whether it was negligence or whether there was some willful act committed on any part of any of our authorities or anyone who has anything to do with Belize, including those persons who were identified by Mexican authorities as having being picked up along with the particular individual, no stones at all will be left unturned and if charges will be levied they will be levied.”


From left, Rafic Labboun (a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck), Yasser Safa and George Abdallah Elders.
From left, Rafic Labboun (a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck),
Yasser Safa and George Abdallah Elders.

The men were arrested Saturday night in Merida through an operation conducted by the National Migration Institute (INM) and the State Police. Allegedly the group arrested was participating in financing activities in an attempt to bail out incarcerated Hezbollah members jailed in the United States.

This article was first published by CTV3 News in Belize.

Rafic Labboun is an imam with the Northern California-based Shia Association of Bay Area (Saba Center of San Jose) and Fatimiyya Islamic Center of Hayward.

Rafic Labboun's Hezbollah two-day specials in Belize

Rafic Labboun "Allaboun" as Wilhelm Dyck on a forged Belize passport
Rafic Labboun "Allaboun" as
Wilhelm Dyck on a forged
Belize passport
Jay-Z once rapped, "can't knock the hustle," but when it comes to Belize's Immigration Department - it seems you can't stop the hustle. No matter who's the minister or what safeguards are put in place - someone's always hustling at Immigration - whether its passports in the 80's, Permanent residence in the 90's, passports again in "the oughts", and now Rafic Labboun's Hezbollah two-day specials in 2012…there's always something up at Immigration.

And, insiders will tell you that how it's set up, because there are times when high officials also need a system with loopholes to exploit for their political ends, or just regular "ends."

But, regardless, the effort to clamp down continues. Today the Prime Minister told us that Immigration Minister Hulse and his Minister of State Penner held a meeting yesterday to get tighten up and batten down:..

Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize
Hon. Dean Barrow,
the Prime Minister of Belize
Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister
"What I will say is that I spoke to Minister Hulse yesterday from Houston. He was in a full scale meeting with the key people in the ministry; the head of the department, the Minister of State and in fact they were agreed a number of new procedures so that that ministry and that Minister of State can get on top of the situation once and for all. I have every confidence that Godwin Hulse will come up with the sorts of structures that will pretty much shut the door on any irregularities that have occurred."

Reports are that police are now investigating new reports of another person who also got a passport with a false birth certificate two weeks ago.

This article was first published by 7 News Belize.

Rafic Labboun is an imam with the Northern California-based Shia Association of Bay Area (Saba Center of San Jose) and Fatimiyya Islamic Center of Hayward.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Wikileaks from U.S. Embassy in Belize show Hezbollah in Belize for years

Rafic Labboun (a.k.a. Rafik Mohammad Labboun Allaboun; a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck)
Rafic Labboun (a.k.a. Rafik Mohammad Labboun
Allaboun; a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck)
The recent capture of Rafic Labboun (a.k.a. Rafik Mohammad Labboun Allaboun; a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck), who acquired a Belize passport and other documents in a matter of three days, is a high profile case of a very old program.

Fraudulent passports and visas given to facilitate human trafficking of Chinese, Sri Lankan, Nigerian and Somali nationals to the United States has been regularly reported by News Five over the past few years. Labboun’s brief two day encounter in Belize has eclipsed a case that few persons have been aware of in the Jewel.

Wikileaks
Wikileaks
A Wikileaks cable dated April 4, 2008, purportedly from the U.S. Embassy in Belize, about terrorism suspects in Belize was released one year ago, on September 11, 2011. The cable suggested that a Pakistani-Belizean national was involved with drug trafficking, money laundering, and had possible ties to the dangerous Hezbollah and al-Qaeda terrorist networks.

The Pakistani national owned a business in the Corozal Free Zone and his operations involved Lebanese-Belizeans.  He recruited individuals to carry small quantities of drugs packed as medical supplies from his Belize pharmacy to Mexico and to the U.S. border.  He allegedly used Belizean and Mexican taxi drivers and bus operators to transport the drugs, using Mexican bus terminal workers and vendors as couriers.

The Pakistani businessman is also an owner of a salon in Tijuana, Mexico, where he used his girlfriend to distribute drugs in the area. When in Tijuana he goes by the alias, Doctor Vegas. In addition to keeping a house to stage his drug shipments in Chetumal, he employed Belizean nationals and a Lebanese Belizean called “Ziah.”  He was believed to have been involved in money laundering, drug trafficking, and firearms smuggling. The cable goes on to say that both Ziah and Doctor Vegas are assisting the international terrorist organization Hezbollah, either indirectly or directly.  It seemed that these individuals have been under surveillance for quite some time as the cable says that, “Lebanese-Belizeans have long been tied to stolen vehicles being shipped to Lebanon, and suspected ties to Hezbollah. Other sources have provided evidence of human smuggling.”

This article was first published by News 5 in Belize.

Rafic Labboun is an imam with the Northern California-based Shia Association of Bay Area (Saba Center of San Jose) and Fatimiyya Islamic Center of Hayward.

Two Belizeans and an American linked to Hezbollah terrorist group arrested in Mexico

The Hezbollah operative and convicted felon Rafic Labboun "Allaboun" a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck
The Hezbollah operative and convicted felon
Rafic Labboun "Allaboun" a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck.
Labboun is an imam at Shia Association of Bay Area

(Saba Islamic Center of San Jose, California).

The arrest of two Belizean-Lebanese men, their family and an American-Lebanese is making news around the globe after they were accused of being linked to the Hezbollah terrorist network. The arrests were made on Saturday, September 8th, in Merida City in the state of Yucatan, Mexico. The three men arrested were Belizeans Justin Yasser Safa, George Abdalah Elders and Rafic Mohammad Labboun "Allaboun" a Lebanese/American national.

According to multiple Mexican media reports, all three men were arrested in a house belonging to Safa located on street 41-B, between 56 and 5 in the colony of Francisco de Montejo in the western part of Merida, late Saturday, September 8th. The raid involved the use of armored vehicles as well as a Barret M-82, sometimes referred to as a Light Fifty ‘anti materiel’ rifle. When police stormed the building they found Safa along with his Belizean-born wife Janine Gabb and their children. Elders, who is Safa’s brother was also on the property and was initially detained but eventually released because he legally lives in Mexico. Allaboun was also detained and according to reports, while the Belizeans were able to provide valid Belizean documentation, Allaboun presented a fake Belizean passport in the name of a Mennonite Wilhelm Dick.

The Mexican National Migration Institute (INM) and the police were working in conjunction with US Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Reports in the Mexican press suggest that intelligence agencies in the U.S. were tracking the group as, “part of a cell of Hezbollah-linked Arab terrorists who were operating in Mexico and Central America.” According to multiple Mexican news reports Labboun Allaboun is linked to the September 11, 2001 attack of the Twin Towers in New York City, New York and it is being alleged that the group arrested were participating in financing activities in an attempt to bail out incarcerated Hezbollah members jailed in the United States.

Speaking to the Belizean press, Yasser Safa categorically denied being linked with the Hezbollah terrorist network. “I don’t have time to go with terrorist people; I don’t go like that. We very sudden find out that he is a terrorist and all the information come in by the TV and the newspapers and everything come back to me. And I know nothing about his past. Now dehn people say I am a terrorist,” said Safa in an interview with Channel 5 News.

Yasser Safa
Yasser Safa
Yasser Safa is notorious in Belize, having been linked to check fraud in 2004. He was also detained in Panama in 2006 as part of a drug bust but was later released for lack of evidence. Safa was also linked to the sale of stolen vehicles being trafficked through the Belize-Guatemala Border. George Abdalah Elders on the other hand was a mechanic on Coney Drive in Belize City. Safa said that since he has been released the Mexican media has singled him out as a terrorist. “The police of Merida, Yucatan, they already said that they have nothing against me; they noh have nothing. Only the news them make this story that FBI looking for me. And I already talked to the Big Chief of Police. We gone to a lot of people here and I am here in the street and I noh have no problem,” explained Safa who owns Habibi Restaurant in Merida. The Belizeans have been released by Mexican authorities while Mohammed Labboun Allaboun was deported to the U.S. a few hours after his arrest, early on Sunday September 9th.

Because of the Belizean passport in the name of Wilhelm Dick that was given by Allaboun claiming to be his identity, the Ministry of National Security has ordered an investigation led by the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) of the Belize Police Department. It is uncertain how Allaboun managed to get hold of a Belizean passport in the name of Wilhelm Dick however the investigation so far shows Wilhelm Dick was registered to have born in Shipyard in 1976 to parents David and Judith Dick. The infant died a few weeks after birth.

Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of National Security Delroy Cuthkelvin
Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of
National Security Delroy Cuthkelvin
Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of National Security Delroy Cuthkelvin explained what the investigation has showed so far. “He was as well carrying a driver’s license also in the name of Wilhelm Dick and that driver’s license had an address that is a Belmopan address; Number 20 Halfmoon Street. Indeed an application was made at the Vital Statistics Office in Belize City for a copy of a Birth certificate for Wilhelm Dick. In fact we were able to establish that that birth certificate was indeed issued on the twenty-ninth of August 2012. We have been able to establish that that very same day, a person posing to be Wilhelm Dick made an application for a Belizean passport at the Passport Office in Belize City; that’s on the twenty-ninth of August, 2012 and that he paid a hundred dollars to expedite the process for the express issuance of the passport. And we’ve also been able to establish that the following day; a passport was indeed issued; that is the thirtieth of August, 2012, in the name of Wilhelm Dick. The police authorities; this investigation has now been turned over to the CIB and they have demanded and requested all the physical files from the Passport Office and from the Vital Statistics Office,” said Cuthkelvin. Because Allaboun did not present a voter’s identification card or a Belize Social Security card along with his passport application, his application had to be handled by a senior Immigration Officer. That person has been identified as Gilroy Guzman who personnel from the CIB are in the process to question.

It is being reported by other media houses in Belize that the passport file for Wilhelm Dick has disappeared. The foreign media are suggesting that Belize is being “flaunted” as a “cover for criminals” and in this case, members of the radical Hezbollah terrorist group.

This article was first published by The San Pedro Sun.

Rafic Labboun is an imam with the Northern California-based Shia Association of Bay Area (Saba Center of San Jose) and Fatimiyya Islamic Center of Hayward.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Wilhelm Dyck Situation: Was There Criminal Wrongdoing?


Rafic Labboun a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck
Rafic Labboun a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck
Wilhelm Dyck - AKA Rafic Labboun - last night we told you how he tricked the system and got a Belize identity in 48 hours.

Tonight there is some new information. First, he did get his driver's license from the Belmopan City Council on the strength of his brand new Belizean passport. That driver's license - as you can see here - puts his address as 20 Half Moon street and is valid until 2014. But something is still amiss because the number on the front of the license - as we understand it - had been assigned to another Belmopan resident - it is 2592 -while the number on the back is in the twelve thousand series when the council is still only issuing in the eleven thousand series. When we called the council today to inquire about the procedure to get a new license - they said those procedures were being revised.

Next, police have interviewed the Immigration Supervisor at the Belize City Office who approved the passport application. He is Gilroy - not Horace - Guzman - and he spoke to police this morning at the Immigration office in the presence of his attorney Phillip Palacio. According to reports, Gilroy Guzman told police that he approved the application because he was presented with a Social Security card for Wilhelm Dyck. However, our checks showed that there is no Social Security Card legitimately issued in the name of Wilhelm Dyck. Irregular, and the CIB office has compiled a file and forwarded it to the DPP for her perusal.

But there is a shortage of evidence because the passport application for Wilhelm Dyck has disappeared from the Immigration office as has the application for his birth certificate at the Vital Stats unit.

That birth certificate says that Wilhelm Dyck was born in Shipyard in February 1976 - and indeed, such a person was born there on that date - but the real Wilhelm Dyck died two months later - except that his birth certificate lived on - waiting for someone with inside knowledge of the system to exploit it in a cruel case of identity theft.

Birth certificate of Wilhelm Dyck
Birth certificate of
Wilhelm Dyck
The birth certificate was acquired on August 29th. - the passport applied for on the same day using that birth certificate - and then, with the expedited fee paid, the passport was ready the next day - which left only the driver's license. That was gotten on August 31st. - three critical pieces of ID - a sort of hat trick, pulled off in just 48 hours - for a US fugitive on the run.

So then we are left with Mr. Safa. News reports from Mexico said it the man posing as Wilhelm Dyck, Rafic Allaboun was with Yasser Safa - but an official release from the Immigration Department in Mexico identifies their only detainee as Yasser Safa's brother, Samer Youssef Safa.

The fact is, both Safa's, Yasser and Samer are living in Merida along with Yasser Safa's Belizean wife Janine Gabb, their children and George Abdallah Elters - formerly a mechanic on Coney Drive in Belize.

Samer Safa though is the only one who has been detained by Mexican Authorities - and will go before a Federal court according to Mexican news media.

The offence he is accused of is unclear - but 7News has obtained copies of his documents, which show that he has a Mexican Immigrant card along with a Belizean passport, Belize City driver's license, a Belizeans social security card and a Belizean voter's ID.

This article was first published by 7 News Belize.

Rafic Labboun is an imam with the Northern California-based Shia Association of Bay Area (Saba Center of San Jose) and Fatimiyya Islamic Center of Hayward.

Plot thickens in alleged Hezbollah terrorist with Belizean passport

Rafic Labboun's Mexican mugshot
Rafic Labboun's Mexican mugshot
The Immigration supervisor who reportedly approved the passport application of alleged Hezbollah terrorist, Rafic Mohammad Labboun Allaboun, without the provision of pictures has reportedly given a statement to the police.  Love News has confirmed with the Government’s spokesman, Delroy Cuthkelvin that Gilroy Guzman, who is stationed at the Belize City Immigration Office, told police in the presence of his attorney, that he approved Labboun’s passport application after Labboun showed him a Belize Social Security card.  But what is not clear is whether Guzman made a copy of that card, as would be expected.

Labboun (Allaboun), as we have reported, is the man who, on August thirtieth, acquired a Belizean passport, after having paid for expedited services the day before.  As it turns out, the investigation has so far unearthed that when Labboun applied to the Vital Statistical Unit of the Registry Department for a copy of a birth certificate for a deceased child, that application as well either disappeared from the records or was never entered, similar to the passport application he made.

Rafic Labboun's forged Belize Driver's License
Rafic Labboun's forged
Belize Driver's License
Labboun (Allaboun), who also acquired a forged driver’s license from the Belmopan City Council’s Licensing Authority, was allegedly trying to steal the identity of the deceased Mennonite child, Wilhelm Dyck, who died at the age of two months in 1976.  Love News understands that it was Labboun (Allaboun) himself to visited the Immigration office on August twenty ninth to apply for and on the following day received the newly issued passport in the name of Wilhelm Dyck.  The matter has become a full fledge Crimes Investigations Branch investigation which is looking at possibly other persons in the Immigration, Vital Statistics, Social Security Board and Belmopan City Council’s Licensing Authority, whose license issued to Labboun bears a number series still not being used in their system.  The investigation is also looking at how this license was issued when that Authority had established that their number series up to that point of the issuance only ran up to the eleven thousand range.  Labboun’s license bears a series in the twelve thousand range.

Rafic Labboun's forged Belize passport
Rafic Labboun's forged
Belize passport
Labboun (Allaboun), reportedly travelled to Mexico after he acquired his Belizean passport, met with Yasser Safa and George Abdallah Elters, two Belizeans.  Mexican authorities now have interests in Yasser Safa, along with Safa’s brother, Samir Safa, for irregularities surrounding documentation they have shown that have raised their suspicion.  According to information Love News has picked up, Yasser Safa is already in Mexican police custody while they close in on the other Safa on allegations that they possess Mexican immigrant and tourist status.  While this is happening, Belizean authorities are also looking to see if the two men, who are also naturalized Belizeans, can be deported back to Belize to help with the local investigation of Labboun.  El Diario de Quintana Roo also states that quote,  “…the U.S. Embassy in Mexico found evidence in Chetumal and Belize, at least in 2009, there was presence of radical Islamic groups such as Hezbollah.  According to information from the U.S. diplomatic corps, Hezbollah cells in that year would have used the same routes of drug trafficking and undocumented to reach northern neighbor.”  Love News will continue to follow this story as it develops.

This article was first published by Love TV in Belize.

Rafic Labboun is an imam with the Northern California-based Shia Association of Bay Area (Saba Center of San Jose) and Fatimiyya Islamic Center of Hayward.