The Canadian federal government has designated a committee to investigate money laundering operations that take place through gambling in Vancouver casinos and drug smuggling, in which a network affiliated with the Iranian regime and Hezbollah militias are involved.
Hezbollah supporters raise its flag and the Iranian flag during a rally in Beirut in 2019 (Archive)
The committee provided Al-Arabiya channel with part of the investigation that was conducted last March, in which an officer revealed the involvement of Iran and Hezbollah in the money laundering process.
“We have seen their continuing affinity (that is, the Iranian regime and Hezbollah network) with the Chinese networks” that are active in illegal business in Canada, said Calvin Chosti, a former officer in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, referring to “phone calls” between the two parties.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Archives)
He continued, “If we look at the calls that we monitored and the recordings, we will see that some of the calls came from a person officially known to have close ties to Hezbollah, which is linked to Iran and one of its proxies, and we will see gangs of Chinese origin and their networks receiving security from Iranian networks.”
He added, “I watched these criminal groups evolve, and most importantly, they cooperate with each other, and there is convergence between these networks.”
For his part, former Canadian Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said, “The investigation into these matters is a dangerous and complex matter, but the Canadian authorities are trying to address them, and this is a complicated matter in dealing with Iran and its networks.”
It is noteworthy that Canada has placed the Lebanese Hezbollah on the terrorist list since 2002.