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Published: Friday, 6/4/2010

FBI account of events in Akls' arrests

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Amera Akl, left, and Hor Akl are escorted from the federal courthouse in Toledo by U.S. Marshals. The Akls will be detained until a hearing Tuesday. Their children are in the care of relatives. Amera Akl, left, and Hor Akl are escorted from the federal courthouse in Toledo by U.S. Marshals. The Akls will be detained until a hearing Tuesday. Their children are in the care of relatives.
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Here is a timeline of the terrorism-related offenses alleged in the FBI's affidavit.

The information was provided to the FBI by a person identified as “Source-1.”

• Aug. 30 — Amera Akl stated she could personally transport money to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

• Sept. 2 — Hor Akl said his wife had talked to him about transporting money and that he had previously carried funds from the United States to Lebanon. He offered to transport more.

• Sept. 3 — Hor Akl said there were many options for transporting money to Lebanon, including through the purchase and sale of vehicles and electric generators.

• Sept. 10 — Hor Akl said he understood that the transported funds would go to “terrorists” targeting Israel.

• Dec. 7 — Hor Akl said he was ready to proceed with the plan to transport funds to Hezbollah.

• Dec. 16 — Hor Akl reviewed methods of smuggling funds to Lebanon, including shipping vehicles and using an offshore account.

• Feb. 17 — Hor Akl said cash could be hidden in appliances shipped to Lebanon. He proposed sending three refrigerators, each concealing about $200,000 in cash.

• March 1 — Hor Akl leaves for Lebanon from Detroit Metro Airport.

• March 3 — Amera Akl said she had spoken to her husband in Lebanon and he would be meeting with a high-level Hezbollah official.

• March 10 — Hor Akl arrives at Detroit Metro and makes false statements to customs officials about the nature of his trip and the source of his funds to pay for it.

• May 24 — Hor Akl demonstrates how he could conceal $60,000 in each of the sidestep rails on a Chevy Trailblazer.

• June 3 — “Source-1” enters the Akl residence with $200,000 provided by the FBI. Agents find the couple in their home wearing latex gloves and in possession of the money and automotive accessories, plastic wrap, and duct tape. They are allegedly preparing to hide the cash in the accessories.



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