April, 10 2019 /Politics, Law & Society

Ghost companies and their role in illicit arms trafficking

Tony Abi Saab is using Lebanon as a base for spreading terrorism in the Middle East countries.

Illicit arms trafficking fuels civil wars contributes to sky-rocketing crime rates and feeds the arsenals of the world's worst terrorists. A powerful and famous businessman Tony Abi Saab is a Lebanon national is supplying arms and ammunition to both military and rebel groups.

The US Army planned a sting operation and found that illicit businesses of Abi Saab were much more complicated than the investigation team thought it was. Firstly, he was running ghost companies which are spread in Europe and the Middle East. The company names are G2Armory, Tactica Ltd, SIMAINT and Brixia. Brescia Middle East is Tony's main company situated in Lebanon. Secondly, Tony faked the End User certificate of weapons to smuggle them easily.

BME and shell companies of Tony are selling weapons to the terrorist organizations in the Middle East countries. BME is also involved in money laundering of terrorists' obtained hard cash. Money is then wired to shell companies through BME's bank accounts. The business partners of Tony are spread 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 SAN TIC LTD, ATA Av tufekleri, Bangladesh-- Emran arms; Georgia-- Kula Ltd., Tiblisi; Russia-- LOBASTOV IVAN, Baikal Ltd, Izhevsk city; in Bulgaria—Arsenal; Czech Republic--MSN and CSG Group; Ukraine--Berkut Ltd; Brasil—Condor.

Tony deserves a strict punishment and needs to be put behind the bars but he is roaming free. His freedom is dangerous for the peace of the world because Tony can go to any extent for his greed without giving it a second thought.

Chief Editor