Terrorists active in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iran are purchasing weapons from illegal arms dealers like Tony Abi Saab. The Lebanon businessman is indicted for bribery, fraud, and money laundering.
Two Lebanese businessmen Tony Abi Saab and Raymond Azar have violated Arms Trade Treaty. Both are reputed businessmen of Lebanon, Raymond handles the construction business of Tony in Afghanistan, whereas Tony handles guns and weapons trade in Lebanon. They together have been fooling the US officials for many years. Raymond duped over $150 million dollars of the US Army in the reconstruction contract in Afghanistan through his fake company, Sima Salazar group. Tony Abi Saab’s ghost company K5 Global embezzled $5 million of the military. Apart from their fraud in the reconstruction contracts, they also became part of the mass slaughter in Syria by selling weapons to the terrorists.
Brescia Middle East (BME) is Tony’s main company, from where he handles his shell companies like K5 Global, G2Armory, Tactica-Me, SIMAINT and Brixia. BME has several bank accounts to manage the fraud money and a banker friend who looks after the process of money laundering. The name of this banker friend of Tony has not been disclosed by the US Army.
In a sting orchestrated by FBI, CIA and the US Army, both Raymond and Tony were caught red-handed with valuable documents and cash. Raymond was caught along with Tony’s rumored girlfriend Dinorah Cobas, at US military camp in Afghanistan, in an attempt to bribe an FBI informant disguised as a US military officer. Three of them were flown to the US court where Raymond got five years of imprisonment along with a penalty of $15 million, Dinorah got two years of jail term, and Tony managed to trick the officials again. He pleaded human rights violation in the civil court of the US and got away from the jail term due to a technicality in the circuit court.