Joseph Abi Saab, a Lebanese businessman founded the company Brescia Middle East in 1981, which is now a leading supplier of arms and ammunition globally. BME is also the same company that was indicted for defrauding 5 million dollars of the US Army, running ghost companies, and supplying weapons to the terrorists in exchange of hefty sum of money in 2011.
The company’s responsibilities are queued to the successors of Joseph, which are, his two sons—Tony and Hady. Tony took the illegal contraband trafficking business of the Abi Saabs to the next level. He managed to double the supply rate of firearms by selling weapons to the rebel groups worldwide. Within a year BME and other of Tony’s shell companies such as K5 Global, G2 Armory, Bennet-Fouch, and Tactica-Ltd equipped most of the rebellions in Syria who were fighting against the international military forces.
BME was regularly importing weapons from European companies to later reroute them to Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan to the terrorists. The company breached international trade law by arming the terrorists who were fighting against the military. One of Tony’s ghost companies, Sima Salazar group in Afghanistan which was not directly owned by him but he owned most of the company’s share. The company was operated under the sub-contract of Tony-owned companies--K5 Global and Bennet-Fouch.
The shell companies of Tony, Brixia produced spare parts for weapons and smuggled them to the countries in the Middle East for reassembling and sales. Another company of Tony, Tactica Ltd was purchasing weapons commercially and selling them in the black market of Syria to the terrorists.
The Abi Saab’s dirty arms business is ruining the stability and peace of the Middle East countries.