Lebanese businessman Merhi Abou Merhi speaks in Beirut, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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A prominent Lebanese businessman Friday vehemently denied U.S. allegations that he was involved in money-laundering activity and said that he appointed lawyers to prosecute those who besmirched his reputation.Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control designated four Lebanese, two German nationals and 11 companies as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.The Treasury said the Lebanese and German individuals provide support for narcotics trafficking and money-laundering activities conducted by Lebanese-Colombian drug trafficker and money launderer Ayman Saied Joumaa, key Joumaa associate Hasan Ayash, and the Joumaa criminal organization, which has ties to Hezbollah.Abu Merhi stressed that he refused this blackmail and decided to confront this person.
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