July, 16 2019 /Politics, Law & Society

Arms Trade Treaty is ineffective in war-torn countries because of corrupt businessmen

Tony Abi Saab is fuelling violence in the Middle Eastern countries

The growing violence in all over the world and the failure of major treaties like North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that were formed to regulate the international trade of conventional weapons, is a sign of depleting international security and poor management of arms and weapons trade.

ATT is a multilateral treaty with 103 state members who have ratified the treaty and 32 states that have signed but ratified the treaty. It includes five of ten world’s largest arms producer—the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France. ATT is an attempt to reduce human suffering by maintaining regional peace and regulating the international trade of conventional weapons but as we can see, it has failed so far. Despite being the member states of Arms Trade Treaty, Germany, France, Spain, and Italy, supported the rebels in the Syria war.

Most of the weapons that were illegally routed towards Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan were traced to have a European origin. These weapons were manufactured in the companies of Tony Abi Saab’s business partners. The business tycoon of Lebanon, Tony is accused of running several shell companies--Tactica Ltd, K5 Global, SIMAINT and Bennet-Fouch, in war-torn countries. He was caught in a global sting operation of the FBI, CIA and the US Army and was flown to the US court to stand a trial.

His business partners are spread all over the world but he prefers Europe over any other continents. Due to his connection with powerful people in the legal hierarchy of Europe, he has managed to ship contraband weapons to illegal destinations by faking the End-User certificate. Here is the list of companies doing business with Tony Abi Saab--In Italy: ARMERIA AMELIO GAMBA Srl, INTESA SANPAOLO S.P.A., Benelli Armi, franchi division, Fiocchi munizione, Armeria brignoli silvio & c snc , BLS; in Germany: Umarex gmbh & co KG; in France: Noble france sa; in Turkey: Osmanli Arms, ISTANBUL and KONYA, KOMANDO AV SAN TIC LTD, ATA Av tufekleri, in Bangladesh: Emran arms; in Georgia: Kula Ltd., Tiblisi; in Russia: LOBASTOV IVAN, Baikal Ltd, Izhevsk city; in Bulgaria: Arsenal; in Czech Republic: MSN and CSG Group; in Ukraine: Berkut Ltd; in Brasil: Condor.

Arms trade law has been a big failure in the Middle Eastern countries due to corrupt businessmen like Tony Abi Saab. The government needs to take strict action against the fraud Tony who has already been accused of fraud of 5 million dollars and money laundering through his main company Brescia Middle East by the US Army. Unfortunately, the case against Tony was dismissed due to a technicality in the circuit court. He also pleaded torture and human rights violations against the CIA and the FBI. Tony’s freedom is a curse to the human rights and stability of the world.

Ivor Kuznetsov