- armed Farah Aideed in Somalia.
- Nicaraguan Contra rebels.
- was close friends with Abu Abbas, the notorious PLF terrorist.
- Government files in various countries indicate that he was jailed in the UK on hashish charges in the 1970s, although he denies it.
- UN report says he violated arms embargoes to Croatia and Somalia in 1992.
- A Swiss court froze and later released millions related to a multi-million-pound arms sale to Croatia.
- Documents in US court related to a Spanish inquiry indicate he has been investigated, but not prosecuted, on allegations of providing a silenced 9mm pistol used to shoot a suspected Israeli agent in 1984.
- may have been involved in procuring components of a Chinese anti-ship missile for Iran.
- investigated in Argentina on charges of passport fraud.
- delivered explosives to a group headed by a known terrorist in Brazil.
- sold arms to Iranian militias in Cyprus.
- Now the FARC-controlled cocaine.
For years al Kassar has been, like the character in the Nicholas Cage movie “Lord of War,” untouchable. At the end of the movie, Cage’s character is arrested, and he tells the arresting agent that, in about 5 minutes, the phone would ring and he would be ordered to be released. And of course it happens.
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