|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.
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
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.