Nov. 11, 2014/Reuters/LIMA: Peruvian police said Monday they would press charges against a foreign man arrested in Lima last month, after he was found with traces of explosives and confessed to being a member of Hezbollah. Authorities have not said what they are charging the man with, nor why they initially investigated him. Police found traces of explosives on the man’s hands and in the house where he was staying at the time of his arrest on Oct. 28, said Peru’s police director Jorge Flores. “He has accepted being a member of Hezbollah,” Flores told reporters. “The investigation has concluded and corresponding paperwork will be processed.
“Today he is going to be made available to the attorney’s general office as a detainee.”The man had initially presented falsified documents that identified him as being from Sierra Leone, Flores added. The United States has designated Hezbollah a foreign terrorist organization since 1997, and U.S. officials have sought to limit the group’s operations in South America. They have expressed concern in particular about Iran’s supporting Hezbollah activities around the triple border area of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil.