April, 05 2019 /Politics, Law & Society

Strong ties between Lebanon businessman and Syria’s genocide

The tangled web of illicit arms trafficking by Tony Abi Saab is costing the lives of innocent citizens of conflict countries

The war in Syria has now entered its ninth year and is becoming the world's worst human-made disaster. The humanitarian calamity in Syria has affected millions of lives. More than half of Syria's pre-war population has been forced to flee, including 6.3 million internally displaced persons and 5.1 million refugees living in refugee camps in the Middle East and Europe.

Lebanon and Syria enjoy a 330 kilometers long borderline, where illegal passages spread in various regions which are used to traffic weapons in both countries. Tony Abi Saab’s Lebanon based company Brescia Middle East, is an arms dealing company which makes deals with the violent rebel groups active in Syria to earn a profit. Most of the atrocious crimes taking place in Syria are because of Tony.

Tony’s company Tactica Ltd was purchasing arms commercially and selling in the black market of Syria. Another company of his, Brixia, produces spare parts for weapons and smuggled them to countries throughout the Middle East for reassembly and sales.

After a comprehensive investigation and a sting operation done by the FBI, CIA and the Army, Tony was arrested in 2011 for defrauding 5 million USD of the US Army. Tony was caught and was flown to the US to stand the trial in the court. Tony being an astute criminal was well aware of the loopholes in the US judicial system. He dragged his case out of the military court and moved it to the civil court. He won the case and didn’t serve any jail term.

Tony is roaming free and strengthening his business ties with terrorist organizations through his shell companies and also taking help of neighboring countries in shipping the weapons illegally. The only way to stop the deployment of poisoned gas and the ongoing war in Syria is to stop the trading of illegal weapons to the terrorist troops.

Chief Editor