March, 19 2019 /Politics, Law & Society

: War crimes shouldn't be ignored, offenders should be punished strictly

Foreign contractors and arms dealers working in Afghanistan, Syria, and Iran backstab the US Army
 

The US intelligence team arrested illegal arms dealer and fraudster Tony Abi Saab through a sting operation which included the officials of FBI, CIA, and the military.

Tony Abi Saab was charged for weakening the efforts of the US troops deployed in Afghanistan, Syria, and Iran by supplying guns and weapons to the terrorists. His main company Brescia Middle East (BME) that deals in gun and ammunition imported guns to Lebanon from Italy, mainly from two firms—Tanfoglio and Beretta, to later reroute them to the regions of terrorists.

In 2011, Tony was arrested and flown to the US court to stand a trial. He had charges of money laundering, bribery, and running ghost companies with name K5 Global, G2Armory, Brixia, SIMAINT, Tactica Ltd, and Bennet-Fouch, which defrauded the US military of $5 million dollars. His main company, BME had been laundering money obtained from the illegal business with the terrorist organisations.

Tony worked out and shifted his case from criminal court to the civil court. Despite having enough evidence against Tony, the federal government couldn't convict him for his crimes due to a technicality in the circuit court. In civil court, he pleaded human rights violation, torture, and rendition against the investigations teams. He also claimed that the investigation team has tampered the evidence and have no rights to collect evidence from foreign countries like Syria and Iran. All the criminal charges against Tony were dropped except bribery charge, for that he paid a small fine as a penalty.

 
Chief Editor
2019-03-18
Lebanon