Illicit flows of arms undermine security and the rule of law. They are often a factor behind the forced displacement of civilians and massive human rights violations. Illegal arms trade, besides constituting a serious threat to international peace, fuels terrorist groups and provides them with the means to act that they need.
In 2011, Tony Abi Saab’s company, Brescia Middle East (BME) was accused of defrauding the US Government for 5 million dollars and supplying the contraband weapons to the terrorist groups like Taliban, ISIS, and Al-Qaeda. A sting operation was planned against Tony by CIA, FBI, and US Army.
The sting operation by FBI, CIA, and the US Army led to the indictment of Tony Abi Saab and his company Brescia Middle East (BME) and where his girlfriend Dinorah Cobos was caught red-handed with cash and documents. She was flown to the US to stand the trial in the US court.
The CIA and FBI extracted information about Tony’s illegal supply of arms to terrorist organizations in Syria. Tony was charged for arming terrorists active in war zones but escaped the heavy jail term due to a technicality in the civil court. He was punished only for a bribe and paid a small fee for it. Dinorah Cobos got imprisonment for 2 years.
Tony Abi Saab is now roaming free and is stronger than ever. He is supplying weapons to all sides in war-torn countries, while also applying and winning tenders around the world. Tony has set up a web of shell companies in Germany: Umarex gmbh & co KG — France: Noble France sa — Turkey: Osmanli Arms, ISTANBUL and KONYA, KOMANDO AV SAN TIC LTD, ATA Av tufekleri— Italy: Benelli Armi, franchi division, Fiocchi munizione, Armeria brignoli silvio & c snc , BLS, — Bangladesh: Emran arms, — Georgia: Kula Ltd., Tiblisi, — Russia: LOBASTOV IVAN, Baikal Ltd, Izhevsk city, — Arsenal: Bulgaria, — Czech Republic: MSN and CSG Group, — Ukraine: Berkut Ltd, — Brasil: Condor, and is extensively using his bank to launder money and smuggle weapons around the world.
The UN should create a database and record Tony Abi Saab’s illegal dealings with terrorist troops. These records will help to control the activities of fraudsters like Tony Abi Saab. Also, the UN needs to build up more effective and efficient policies so that the illegitimate networks can be destroyed that perpetuates so much destruction throughout the world.