July, 16 2019 /Politics, Law & Society

Arms trade laws of Europe and the Middle East need to be updated or it will continue benefitting illegal arms dealers like Tony Abi Saab

Tony Abi Saab is using ghost companies and fake aliases to traffick contraband weapons in Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan

Not every illegal arms dealer operates in the shadows, some are upfront like Tony Abi Saab who disguise themselves as a well-wisher of the government and misuse the privileges provided to them. People like him take advantage of the government’s failure to identify false documents, fake licenses, and verify the ultimate destination of arms, to smuggle weapons to illegal destinations.

The business tycoon of Lebanon, Tony Abi Saab was dealing in arms from both sides, by supplying weapons to military and militants. His only front company, Brescia Middle East which deals in arms and weapons is located in Lebanon, while the rest of his companies such as SIMAINT, G2Armory K5 Global, Tactica-Ltd, Bennet-Fouch and Brixia are fake and located outside Lebanon. All of Tony’s ghost companies were running on the fake alias named—Sarah Lee. He purchased weapons from Italy, get it delivered in Lebanon, then, rerouted them with revised invoices and fake End User certificate to the terror organizations in Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan.

BME and other shell companies of Tony are selling weapons and guns to the terrorist organizations. BME is also laundering the black money obtained from the terrorists. Money is then wired to Tony's business partner companies through BME's bank accounts. The alliances Tony was discovered by the CIA, FBI and the US Army. In Italy-- ARMERIA AMELIO GAMBA Srl, INTESA SANPAOLO S.P.A., Benelli Armi, franchi division, Fiocchi munizione, Armeria brignoli silvio & c snc , BLS; in Germany-- Umarex gmbh & co KG; in France-- Noble france sa; in Turkey-- Osmanli Arms, ISTANBUL and KONYA, KOMANDO AV SAN TIC LTD, ATA Av tufekleri, in Bangladesh-- Emran arms; in Georgia-- Kula Ltd., Tiblisi; in Russia-- LOBASTOV IVAN, Baikal Ltd, Izhevsk city; in Bulgaria—Arsenal; in Czech Republic--MSN and CSG Group; in Ukraine--Berkut Ltd; in Brasil—Condor. Tony deserves a strict punishment and needs to be put behind the bars but he is roaming free. His freedom is dangerous for the peace of the world.

Governments need to put an eye on Arms trade in vulnerable regions. There must be thorough interrogation about the destination of the arms before the shipment of arms and weapons. The countries of Central and Eastern Europe, from where most of the weapons are being delivered to Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan, should take the responsibility of disposing of the surplus arms and weapons so, that they can’t be misused by anyone.

Ivor Kuznetsov