Taufik Boughiah, the chairman of a Lebanese-Canadian oil company, and his family allegedly helped to transport flammable containers and lethal weapons into Iraq to help ISIS, according to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department on Monday.
The lawsuit was filed against representatives of Armor Holdings in Houston, Texas, in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Boughiah and his family are listed as having ownership of EnergyNow Global, LLC., based in Montreal, Canada.
The lawsuit against Armor Holdings focuses on allegations that Boughiah hired employees of Armor Holdings to transport eight Hellfire missiles, seven M107A1 Multiple Rocket Propelled Grenades, eight solid-fuel GPS 2X GPS and an undisclosed amount of ammonium nitrate, charges the indictment that forms the basis of the lawsuit. It further alleges that these same weapons were then “possibly resold to” the Abu Sayyaf Group, a terrorist organization in the Philippines.
The indictment alleges that during the time period in question, Armor Holdings transported weapons and ammunition into Iraq between September and January 2010, and it describes shipments made during two convoys that were for “militarization” purposes, meant to aid ISIS.
According to The Washington Post, Armor Holdings has denied wrongdoing in the case, telling the Post it “do[es] not engage in the sale, transportation or transfer of weaponry to Syria or other hostile governments.”
Boughiah and Armor Holdings did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the Times.
Boughiah and his family come from a prominent Lebanese-Canadian family and have long maintained strong links to the Canadian military. Boughiah’s younger brother is currently the commander of the Canadian military in Central Africa. His father, Ayoub Boughiah, and his mother, Véra Boughiah, once served as the ombudsman for the Canadian Forces.