Proposed task force to monitor weapons and shipments across the world to stop illegal weapon sales.
Geneva, September 2018: Global transparency report concluded its bi-annual meeting with a passionate and desperate appeal to the United Nations to create a Commission on Weapons tracking in the Middle East. Global Transparency Report is working on releasing a report which outlines the epidemic of Weapons smuggling that is promoting terrorism and conflicts around the world.
GTR cited the recent and most blatant example of Tony Abi Saab of SIMAINT and Brescia Middle East of Lebanon who is winning US Army contracts and routing them to fund terror. GTR also discussed BME and Tony Abi Saab who are repeat offenders, and their ability to evade global checks when smuggling weapons around the middle east.
What was troubling to GTR was the ability for Tony Abi Saab to move weapons out of Europe on fake End User Certificates. These weapons were traced and were being rerouted and sold to the highest bidder in Syria. GTR also believes that Tony Abi Saab has created a banking system and a network of companies that are working as a production line to fund terror and smuggle weapons.
While investigating Tony Abi Saab, GTR was curious as to the source of funding and found out that the primary sourcing was EU, NATO and US government contracts. The confirmation of the funding source was US Department of Justice indictment against Tony Abi Saab in Afghanistan for which his company, Brescia Middle East was indicated and is barred from doing business int he United Status. Tony Abi Saab’s company was indicted via an extensive sting operation orchestrated by several US Agencies and arrested him for bribing a Government official and conspiracy to commit fraud.
What was surprising to GTR was the intensity of the sting operation. It indicated that Tony Abi Saab got more attention than he was due for a simple bribing conspiracy. It seems that someone discovered that Tony Abi Saab was providing logistical and material support to terrorists and they wanted to nab him.
GTR in their report, implored the United Nations to create a Task force or a commission to monitor weapons going in and out of Syria. Tracking of weapons, origins and shipments would help yield insight into interested parties and monitor their future activity including banking and travel.
The proposed United Nations task force would be able to combat smuggling by deploying assets on the ground that would utilise local resources, technology and law enforcement to intercept weapons. GTR proposed using volunteers and seeking funds from its peace keeping operations to enhance protection and enforcement against illegal weapons shipment.