What are the biggest illegal international arms dealers of all the time? Insider Monkey gives you the answers in their great compilation. Arms dealer is “a person or business that sells weapons and other military equipment,”. This list is dealing with “illegal” arms dealers now. Being a legal arms dealer is a completely different thing. What everyone agrees on is that arms trafficking is one lucrative business. Illicit gun trafficking value is $1 billin per year. However, these are small arms and light weapons. Some of the arms dealers we have chosen have trafficked missiles as well, so their profits must’ve been much higher. Not to mention aircraft, tanks, and other vehicles.
Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked three of the biggest illegal international arms dealers of all the time from their list.
The first one is Jean-Bernard Lasnaud. Even though he kept repeating that everything he was doing was completely legal and shown on his arms dealer website, it was far from the truth. He boasted that his Caribbean Group of Companies sold between $1 and $2.5 million in weapons every year, but who knows how much he was earning from his side businesses. Lasnaud was supplying Croatia and Ecuador with thousands of tons of weapons between 1992 and 1995. Eventually, he was accused of arms smuggling and fraud. The next arms dealer is Monzer Al-Kassar. Monzer al-Kassar, aka Prince of Marbella, was born in Syria. His career set off in the 70s, and by the 90s he already had a pretty successful business. At that time he was earning millions by selling arms to Croatia, Bosnia, and Somalia during a UN arms embargo with the three countries. At last, but not least we are mentioning fares Mana’a now for you. Not only that, but he’s the actual Governor of Sa’dah, a city in north-western Yemen. He’s been repeatedly accused of dealing arms to groups connected to Al-Qaeda. Along with this, he has (or had) the third occupation, too. He was accused of spying for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. That allegedly earned him some millions as well.
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