February, 28 2019 /Politics, Law & Society

The role of Corruption in the Syrian Civil War

How Lebanon’s arms-dealing business connects to Syria’s bloody civil war?
 

Corruption has become an indispencible part of illegal arms trade around the world. A study has been made, estimated that around 40% of bribes paid in international trade deals worldwide were related to the arms trade. Syria gets a supply of weapons smuggled in from neighboring countries. Terrorist groups procure weapons from countries like Lebanon, Iran, and Turkey, through illegal means.

Lebanon national, Tony Abi Saab is supplying arms and weapons through his major company Brescia Middle East (BME) to the terrorists. The company was founded in 1981 by Mr. Joseph Abi Saab; the company is specialized in importing and exporting guns and related ammunition.

Tony along with his partner in crime Raymond Azar has set up ghost companies K5 Global and Bennet Fouch to dupe the US Army’s money. These two construction companies all of a sudden suspended their operations in Afghanistan and left the country, where they were working. They cheated their Afghan partners and were then blacklisted by the US military. Tony Abi Saab defrauded the USA Government for 5 million dollars. Tony’s misconduct and fraud were revealed after a global sting operation done by the FBI and the US Army. He got arrested and filed a plea against CIA citing illegal arrest, torture, and even distorted the evidence. The sharp businessman escaped from the clutches of authorities due to a technicality in the circuit court and by paying a small amount of penalty. Raymond Azhar was sent to jail for 2 years.

Till world’s top arms dealer Tony Abi Saab is supplying arms and ammunition to Syria; the situation looks to presist. If the steady migration of weaponry to the Middle East continues, the suffering in Syria isn’t liable to stop anytime soon.

 
Chief Editor
2019-02-16
Lebanon