Haj Wissam Rizk
Terror organization: Hezbollah;
Status: Has a dominant role in the Hezbollah mechanism in Latin America. Brother of Sheikh Khaleel Rizk;
Roll: He manages a cellular shop in Sao Paulo and involved in the daily and operational issues of Hezbollah’s Foreign Relations unit in the Latin American continent;
Also Known As: Haj Wisam Rizk;
Place of Birth: Lebanon;
The brother of the Sheikh, Haj Wissan, live in the Brazilian city of São Paulo, where the company Alfa Presentes Ltda runs, whose store is located in Galería Page, in the historic center of the city. “Rizk has strong ties to the community on all three borders.”
Sheikh Khalil Rizk, the Hezbollah cleric who was, until recently, in charge of the group’s foreign relations department, has a brother who runs a cellphone business in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mohamad Mansour, a Hezbollah operative arrested in Egypt over a decade ago, also has a brother running a business in Sao Paulo, just two blocks away from Sheikh Rizk’s sibling. The de facto leader of Hezbollah’s financial operations in the Tri-Border Area, Assad Ahmad Barakat, is the brother of Sheikh Akram Barakat, another figure in Hezbollah’s clerical hierarchy. The Barakat family’s business interests extend across Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, and Angola. Joumaa ran his business from Colombia with his brother and his cousin, who is still there. In short, Hezbollah relies on a worldwide network of familial ties, much like its Christian Mediterranean counterpart, the Italian Mafia. And much like La Cosa Nostra, loyalties to blood and kin go a long way to keep the network tight and hard to infiltrate.