Sundar Nagarajan, a 66-year-old Indian citizen, was arrested in London on suspicion of funding the proscribed terrorist organization Hizbollah.
“Sundar Nagarajan, of Hayes UB3, was taken into police custody before appearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court this afternoon for commencement of extradition proceedings,” read a statement by the Metropolitan Police.
On request of US authorities, the officials from the National Extradition Unit – acting on an international arrest warrant – detained Nagarajan from West London.
Born in Madurai, Nagarajan — also known as Kasiviswanathan Naga and Nagarajan Sundar Poongulam — faces extradition to the US where he faces charges of helping to launder money to evade US sanctions and fund Hizbollah.
Nagarajan was taken into police custody before appearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court for the commencement of extradition proceedings. He was remanded to next appear at the same court on April 25, added the release.
Officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command also arrested one Nazem Ahmad on suspicion of funding terrorism, as part of a wider UK and US coordinated action targeting terrorism financing.
According to the US, the Lebanese terrorist outfit Hizbollah uses Nazem Ahmad, and his companies, to launder substantial amounts of money bound for the terrorist group and Nagarajan is the international accountant for Nazem.