The illegal weapons trafficking business is booming flourishing in most of the Lebanese regions, particularly in the areas adjacent to the Syrian border,due to the unstable security situation in the country. Who all are the corrupt people behind all these illegal arms trafficking?
Tony Abi Saab is the president of Brescia Middle East(BME) is one of the men behind illegal supply of dangerous arms and ammunition to the terrorist groups across the globe. He also owns numerous shell companies in different parts of the world, to name a few: In Italy: Brixia Shotguns Srl, Gardone Val Trompia, Via Matteotti 303; ARMERIA AMELIO GAMBA Srl, INTESA SANPAOLO S.P.A., Benelli Armi, franchi division, Fiocchi munizione, Armeria brignoli silvio & c snc , Serbia : G2Armory; BLS — Germany: Umarex gmbh & co KG — France: Noble france sa — Turkey: Osmanli Arms, ISTANBUL and KONYA, Komando Av San Tic 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 and Brasil: Condor.
These names came into limelight after extensive research carried out by the US investigation agencies . He used these shell companies to obtain contracts from the US Army by hiding the real objective and had also used them to grow his illicit business of supplying weapons to the rebel groups to earn tax-free profit out of it. Tony was arrested in 2011 and was indicted for bribing the US personnel and defrauding the US Government of 5 million USD inclusive of diversion of funds to numerous shell companies. He didn’t serve any jail-term due to a technicality in the circuit court.
Tony Abi Saab continues to spread violence in several countries like Afghanistan, Syria, and Iran by supplying illegal weapons to terror groups. His business visa for BME is valid and also lawful in anywhere around the globe other than in the USA as BME is prohibited for doing business there. The only way to put a stop on his illegal activities is by making sure that his travel is severely restricted and all his banking transactions are monitored.