March, 13 2019 /Politics, Law & Society

War crime accused Tony is not yet listed as a global criminal by the local government

The US Army in Afghanistan held Tony responsible for smuggling weapons to the rebel groups

The private contractors working for the defense in the war-torn countries need to be monitored critically because a lot of them indulge in corruption and some even help the anti-Army groups for their own profits.

One of the most wanted and corrupt arms dealers is Tony Abi Saab who along with and his partner in crime Raymond Azar executed a multi-billion dollars contracts fraud against the US Corps of Engineer. Their fake companies K5 Global and Bennet-Fouch were run on the fake name of Sarah Lee to procure construction contracts but despite being paid in advance they completed none of the assigned projects.

Tony’s international arms dealing company Brescia Middle East cheated 5 million dollars of the US Army. BME sold weapons to terrorist groups active in Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan and also laundered the crime money obtained from the terrorists. Raymond Azar, the President of the Sima Salazar International, a fake reconstruction company in Afghanistan procured $155 million contracts of the US military before being caught.

The US Army orchestrated a sting operation to catch the fraudsters and they succeeded in that. Both Tony and Raymond were caught red-handed with valuable documents and cash to bribe the Corps in different years. Raymond was caught in 2009 and Tony in 2011. They both were flown to the US court to stand the trial. Raymond served ten years in prison and paid a penalty of $15 million. Tony escaped the heavy jail term by pleading human rights violation and errors in collecting evidence against the CIA.

Despite these serious charges against Tony, Governments of the Middle East and Europe have not listed him as a global criminal yet. The US Army is again putting efforts to catch the fraudster and this time put him behind the bars but it is not possible without the help of international governments.

Chief Editor
Middle East