The proliferation of illicit arms and weapons is an immediate security challenge to individuals and societies around the world and an enormous hurdle to sustainable development. In conflict zones, weapons supply to the rebel groups are the main instrument of death and destruction and are often used to forcibly displace civilians, impede development projects, and hinder peace-keeping building efforts.
Tony Abi Saab, a Lebanese national and owner of Brescia Middle East (BME) undertook a contract from the US Army to set up infrastructure projects. He did not have the intention to deliver the project. The US Army extracted information about Tony’s activities. But the sponsorship of terror-related activity could not be submitted due to a technicality to circuit court. This enabled Tony to escape jail term just by paying a small fine for bribery and fraud..
Tony Abi Saab is now roaming free and is stronger than ever. He is supplying to all sides in the Syria war and also winning tenders of Europe through his shell companies. He built a network of business partners 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, and is extensively using his bank to launder money and smuggle weapons around the world.
Tony Abi Saab is the shame of Lebanon who hides behind fake aliases and powerful business partners to ensure that the war continues so that he can get tax-free profit. The UN and NATO should work together to establish common international standards at the highest level on the export of conventional weapons.