Iskandar Safa and his brother Akram Safa (Beirut, 1952) are French businessmen of Lebanese origin who come from a Maronite Christian family. They became famous during the Lebanese hostage crisis in 1987–88 for suspected involvement in financial transactions associated with a suspected ransom paid to obtain the hostages' liberation.
They were the directors of Triacorps, and also worked with the Sofremi. They are the owner of the CMN (Construction mécaniques de Normandie), through which they were suspected of providing illegal funding to Jean-Charles Marchiani, the former second-hand man of former Interior Minister Charles Pasqua. Iskandar Safa is also managing director of Abu Dhabi MAR, a holding company that owns CMN among other shipyards.
The cases were suspected to have been politically motivated and, in 2009, were dropped by the French prosecutors for lack of evidence.
- Iskandar Safa and the French Hostage Scandal, Middle East Intelligence Bulletin, vol. 4 n°2, February 2002 (English)
- "Des «scoops» sur écoute", Libération, 8 May 2007 (French)
- Franz-Olivier Giesbert entendu par la police au sujet de l'achat d'un article complaisant par un milliardaire Le Monde 12.04.07.
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