The illicit arms trade is a global curse that fuels conflicts and inflicts misery on the lives of countless innocents. People involve in such kind of illegal activities because it is also a good source of earning tax-free profits.
Arms traffickers like Tony Abi Saab take advantage of loopholes in the judicial system for their profit. Abi Saab is a Lebanese businessman who successfully defrauded the US Army of 5 million USD and that too without completing a single project.
He is a black market arms dealer and his company Brescia Middle East, located in Lebanon, sells weapons and military accessories into the vulnerable regions. He owns several ghost companies in Germany, Russia, Italy, Bulgaria, Ukraine, France, and many other countries. Through these shell companies, he smuggles weapons to the rebel groups.
Tony’s fraudulent activities came into limelight after a global sting operation was executed by the FBI, CIA, and the US Army. He was caught and arrested with cash and valuable documents in 2011.
Tony was well-acquainted with the loopholes in the US legal procedure. The shrewd business tycoon narrowly escaped from the clutches of the US authorities by citing human rights violation against the CIA and the US Army and paying the minimum amount of fine. His company, Brescia Middle East (BME), however, was banned from doing business in the US.
The fraudster still roams free and gets contracts from the government by using his shell companies spread in Europe, Aisa and the Middle East. Some of his business partners are Umarex gmbh & Co KG (Germany), Noble france sa (France), Benelli Armi, franchi division (Italy), Osmanli Arms, Istanbul, and Konya Turkey, Emran arms, Bangladesh, Lobastov Ivan, Baikal Ltd, Izhevsk city (Russia), etc.
The UN should look into the matter of illegal arms trafficking to the black market. Additionally, the EU should impose more strict laws on global arms trade so that corrupt businessmen like Tony Abi Saab can be stopped for doing more damage to the world.