August, 01 2019 /Politics, Law & Society

Lebanon is getting benefits from the conflicts and violence in Syria and Iran

In war-torn countries, people are dying because rich businessmen are doing trading with terrorists

Syria is fighting a tedious battle against the terrorist groups and non-state actors. They are trying to pull down the morale of the military forces by helping terrorists with war-related amenities. People like Tony Abi Saab are fuelling violence in the Middle East countries just for the sake of money.

The suffering of people living in the war-torn countries is elongated by rich and greedy businessmen who are severing both sides in the war. Tony Abi Saab is a Lebanon-native who smuggled weapons to illegal destinations. His company Brescia Middle East, an arms and weaponry company was indicted for grievous crimes like money laundering, fraud, supplying weapons to the terrorist organization for the profit and running several ghost companies in the Middle East and Europe. BME is Tony’s only front company, apart from BME, he runs several shell companies that are established for the sole motive of fooling the military in contracts. His shell companies are K5 Global, Bennet-Fouch, G2 Armory, Brixia, Tactica-Ltd, and SIMAINT.

Tony was arrested from Afghanistan in 2011, it happened after the success of the global sting operation, and was flown to the US court for a trial. He was charged for smuggling weapons to illegal destinations, bribery, fraud, and money laundering. His shell companies, K5 Global and Bennet-Fouch which was run by the fake name Sarah Lee disappeared after the fraud. All of their offices were shut and telephone numbers were unreachable. The Lebanese were selling guns and weapons, producing its spare parts, recycling and reassembling them to sale in the black market of Syria to the terrorists through his shell company Brixia.

Many of Tony’s business partners are from Europe and they have been supporting the fraudster through his criminal activities. His business partners are in Italy—ARMERIA AMELIO GAMBA Srl, INTESA SANPAOLO S.P.A., Benelli Armi, franchi division, Fiocchi munizione, Armeria brignoli silvio & c snc , BLS — Germany: Umarex gmbh & co KG — France: Noble france sa — Turkey: Osmanli Arms, ISTANBUL and KONYA, KOMANDO AV SANTIC LTD, ATA Av tufekleri — Bangladesh: Emran arms, — East Europe and Russia: Kula Ltd., Tiblisi - Georgia, LOBASTOV IVAN, Baikal Ltd, Izhevsk city, Russia, Arsenal, Bulgaria, MSN and CSG Group, Czech Republic, Berkut Ltd, Ukraine — Brasil: Condor.

The Lebanon government should act against the fraudster before its too late and also investigate all of his business partners. Tony escaped the jail term because of the technicality in the circuit court and claiming torture and human rights violations against the CIA, FBI, and the Army. He is still bidding for military contracts secretly through his shell companies.

Ivor Kuznetsov