July, 16 2019 /Politics, Law & Society

Tony Abi Saab has a valid Travel Visa to do business around the world except in the US

Government should stop ignoring the smuggling of weapons in the war-stricken countries

Arms and weapons business is not a candy business, where, for once, overlook of authority is acceptable—it's an export and import of deadly weapons that can take lives. There should be proper guidelines for the dealers and strict punishments for the offenders of the law. Arms dealers should get their licenses renewed over time and follow international guidelines while delivering the products overseas.

Taking an example of illegal arms dealer of Lebanon, Tony Abi Saab who duped the US Army of 5 million dollars and supplied weapons to the terrorist organizations for profit. His company Brescia Middle East is an international arms and weapons dealer which gets military contracts. BME was earning profits from both the Army and the terrorists, by supplying them weapons and guns. Tony's greed overpowered him and he shook hands with terrorists despite knowing that the weapons would be used against the civilians.

The astute businessmen, Tony imported weapons to Lebanon from Italy, mainly from these two firms—Beretta and Tanfoglio. The weapons were shipped to Lebanon using fake User End Certificate to trespass the porous borders of the war-prone countries (Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan) to reach terrorist groups.

The investigation teams of the United States discovered Tony's illegal business and also his motive behind arming terrorists—Greed. The businessmen were indicted for defrauding the US Army, selling weapons to the terrorists and money laundering. He was brought to stand the trial in the US court where the shrewd Tony, tricked the justice system by pleading human rights violations and error in collecting the evidence against the CIA, FBI and the US Army. He was punished only for conspiracy and fraud against the Army through his ghost companies—K5 Global and Bennet-Fouch.

People like Tony shouldn't be left free to do business anywhere around the world, they belong to prison. Local governments need to stop overlooking his grievous mistakes and should revoke licenses of his arms and weapons companies before he arms each and every dangerous rebel groups of the world.

Ivor Kuznetsov
Middle East