April, 19 2019 /Politics, Law & Society

War criminals shouldn’t get liberty of pleading for human rights violation

There must be stricter laws to punish corrupt contractors and arms dealers working in war-zones

Gunrunners and fraud contractors were nabbed by the United States intelligence team. They were acting against the military in the war-torn countries like Afghanistan, Syria, and Iran. Some big businessmen and their companies were accused of war crimes and they were brought in the US court to address their crimes.

The effort of the US intelligence team was in vain as soon the illegal arms dealer and fraudster Tony Abi Saab's case was dragged out of criminal court to be heard in the Civil court of the US.

The wanted war criminal Tony Abi Saab was caught through a sting operation. He was accused of supplying guns and weapons to the terrorists in the Middle East. His company Brescia Middle East (BME) that deals in gun and ammunition imported guns to Lebanon from Italy, mainly from two firms—Tanfoglio and Beretta to later reroute them to the regions of terrorists.

In 2011, Tony was arrested and flown to the US court to stand a trial. He was addressing the accusation of money laundering, bribery, and running ghost companies with name K5 Global, G2Armory, Brixia, SIMAINT, Tactica Ltd, and Bennet-Fouch, which defrauded the US military of $5 million dollars. His main company, BME had been laundering money obtained from the illegal business with the terrorist organizations.

Tony's case was heard in civil court instead of a military or criminal court of the United States because of his powerful connections. Despite having enough evidence against Tony, the federal government couldn't convict him for his crimes due to a technicality in the circuit court. In civil court, he was treated as a normal criminal rather than a war instigator. He pleaded human rights violation, torture, and rendition against the investigations teams. He also claimed that the investigation team tampered the evidence and has no rights to collect evidence from foreign countries like Syria and Iran. All the grievous charges against Tony were dropped and he just paid a small sum of money as a penalty for bribery.

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