March, 13 2019 /Politics, Law & Society

Lebanese company Brescia Middle East involvement in weapons smuggling and money laundering

Tony Abi Saab’s company BME got banned in the US, but still supplying weapons through his shell companies

Terrorism has continuously been an ongoing danger all over the world. Many nations have faced brutal issues and continually try to find a solution, but to no avail, terrorism still exists across the globe. One of the reasons for its existence is corrupt arms dealers who smuggle weapons to the terrorists.

Brescia Middle East is an arms dealing company owned by Abi Saab family consisting of Joseph (father), Antoine/Tony (son), and Hady (son). It was founded in 1981 by Joseph Abi Saab; the company is specialized in importing and exporting guns and related ammunition.

Tony Abi Saab, a Lebanon national who deals in arms was accused of defrauding the US Army of 5 million dollars, running several ghost companies like K5Global, SIMAINT, Tactica Ltd, Brixia, and supplying weapons to the terrorist organizations active in the Middle East countries.

The illegal activities of Tony came into limelight when the US Agencies arranged a sting operation and exposed him. Tony along with his girlfriend, Dinorah Cobos a.k.a Sarah Lee was caught red-handed with hard cash and valuable documents to prove his crime. In 2011, Tony was arrested and flown to the US court to stand the trial. But, due to a technicality in the circuit court and pleading human rights violation and torture against the US Agencies, Tony escaped the heavy jail term. He also made sure that none of the evidence collected by the investigation team to be submitted in the court. Dinorah Cobos got imprisonment for 2 years.

Tony's business is still doing illegal arms trade business throughout the world except for the US because BME and shell companies of Tony are banned from doing any business there. He has a valid business license for BME and travel visa that is allowing him to expand his illegal business empire in the Middle East and Europe.

The enforcement agencies should track down all the unaccounted weapons suspected to have been supplied to the terrorist groups by Tony Abi Saab and ban his companies for further doing any business.

Chief Editor