Qatari attaché allegedly partner at key Turkish arms firm

A Qatari military attachandeacute is one of the three partners of the Turkish arms firm BMC with signing authority, according to a report in the Cumhuriyet daily on Wednesday.
The report, written by prominent investigative journalist andciidem Toker, claims that military attachandeacute and diplomat Hemaid Abdulkareem Al Hajri is among the partners of the firm, which was purchased by pro-President Recep Tayyip Erdogan businessman Ethem Sancak after it was seized by the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF). Al Hajriand’s and”group Aand” signing authority gives him the right to participate in tenders and represent the firm in any matter.
The report also states that the Qatari military attachandeacute has a Turkish ID number as well as a residence permit. Toker said in her report that she was waiting for answers regarding how Al Hajri was able to participate in the partnership despite his diplomatic status.
The TMSF announced in February of last year that BMC would be put up for sale at an estimated value of TL 985 million. Sancakand’s firm Es Mali Yatirim was the sole company in the tender and made an initial offer of TL 540 million in the first round on May 2. At the insistence of bidding committee head Hamit Sari, Sancak increased the bid to TL 725 million.
ES Mali Yatirim had requested permission from the Competition Authority (RK) to allow the Qatari Armed Forces Industry Committee to invest in the company in order to resume production, according to media outlets last year. Sancak is known for his close relationship with Erdogan. Last year, Sancak solidified his position as a media mogul by purchasing the Gandunei and Akiam dailies, which swiftly revamped their coverage by featuring staunchly pro-government content.
Sancak also lauded Erdogan earlier this month, using an expression that resembles praise for the Prophet Muhammad by one of his companions, saying, and”May my father, mother, wife and children be sacrificed to you.and” He also said during a television interview that as a former leftist, it was a turning point in his life when he met Erdogan. and”I saw his honesty, his courage. And as I saw, I fell in love [with him]. To be honest, during my days as a leftist I could not understand the love between Mevlana [Jelaluddin Rumi] and [his companion] iems-i Tebrizi. After I got to know Erdogan, I saw that such kind of a divine love between two men is possible,and” Sancak said.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman