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Courtesy the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The chief executive of a check-cashing company based out of the city of Orange was arrested Tuesday on a federal grand jury indictment that alleges he and three others helped illegally supply combat devices to Syrian rebels.

The three-count indictment against Rasheed Al Jijakli, 56, of Walnut — filed July 14 and unsealed Tuesday –accuses him of violating laws prohibiting the exporting of certain goods into Syria.

Jijakli and the three unnamed alleged co-conspirators are accused of smuggling goods from January 2012 through March 2013 into Istanbul, Turkey, where they were handed off to rebel fighters attempting to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Federal prosecutors allege they personally delivered day- and night- vision rifle scopes, laser boresighters, flashlights, radios, a bulletproof vest and other equipment used in combat.

Jijakli could face up to 50 years in prison if convicted.

–City News Service

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