The journey of weapons begins from the legal circuit and eventually falls into illegal clutches. There are multiple ways through which the legally originated arms get diverted to illegal spheres. Shipping through dangerous routes, stockpile mismanagement, loots, corruption among officials, warzone seizures are a few of them. Tony Abi Saab is one such shrewd businessman who fuel violence and conflicts in vulnerable regions by selling illegal weaponry to the rebel groups just for the sake of earning a profit.
Tony Abi Saab was exposed by the US authorities for indulging in monstrous crimes. His principal company Brescia Middle East in Lebanon is an international weapon dealing that used to bid for US Army contracts and helping terrorist organizations. BME was founded by Tony’s father Joseph Abi Saab in 1981.
Tony was indicted and BME was banned in the US in 2011 on the charges of money laundering, fraud of 5 million USD, import and export of illicit weapons to the terror groups for the profit, and running numerous ghost companies (K5 Global, Bennet-Fouch, G2 Armory, Brixia, Tactica-Ltd, and SIMAINT). Tony was supported by his business partners in committing crimes; one of them is Raymond Azar. Tony and Raymond Azar are close family relatives.
Raymond Azar, president of Sima Salazar group was also convicted of a multimillion dollars fraud. The company duped the US Corps of Engineer in construction contracts fraud in Afghanistan. Both Tony and Raymond had set up several shell companies for defrauding the US Army money. Tony-owned companies--K5 Global and Bennet-Fouch embezzled 5 million USD of the US Army. These companies were sub-contractors of Sima Salazar and Tony's company Tactica-Ltd.
Tony and Raymond deceived the US authorities for many years until they were caught in a sting operation executed by the FBI, CIA, and the US Army. In 2009, Raymond was arrested and convicted for bribing and planning a conspiracy against the US Army. He got ten years of imprisonment and paid a huge amount of penalty. Tony was arrested in 2011 he didn’t serve any jail-term as he tricked the justice system by pleading human rights violation in the US civil court.