James Fenech's armaments empire under scrutiny in Europe
Charges that James Fenech violated the EU's Libyan sanctions have exposed the Maltese arms dealer's relationships with French and other European private security players. [...]
Academi, the former-X Services better known by its former name Blackwater, was founded in 1997 by Erik Prince, an ex-Navy SEAL. Under its former name, the company has provided private security services to the US government bodies including the CIA, the Department of State and the Department of Defense. It now belongs to the Constellis Group, a key player in the sector.
LASA Engineering, which was founded by Erik Prince but is now owned by a Bulgarian aviation firm, is touting itself as an ITAR-free alternative to the companies that convert agricultural planes for anti-guerrilla deployment. [...]