Former Dearborn man pleads guilty to supporting Hezbollah

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A former Ford Motor Co. mechanical engineer has pleaded guilty to providing material support for the terrorist organization Hezbollah.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Detroit says 47-year-old Fawzi Assi entered the plea in federal court.

Authorities say Assi was living in Dearborn, Mich., when he tried to board a plane to Lebanon in 1998 with two global positioning satellite modules, night vision goggles and a thermal imaging camera in his luggage.

Assi is accused of buying the equipment for Hezbollah.

Authorities say he fled to Lebanon after his arrest. Assi has been in custody since 2004 when he returned to the U.S.

He faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 as part of his plea.

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