TURKEY: AQ KHAN SANCTIONS REACTION, UPDATE ON CASE

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09ANKARA71
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TURKEY: AQ KHAN SANCTIONS REACTION, UPDATE ON CASE \
DATE
2009-01-15 11:11:00
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Embassy Ankara
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2009-01-15 11:47:00 09ANKARA71 Embassy Ankara SECRET 09STATE2519 P 151147Z JAN 09

FM AMEMBASSY ANKARA

TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8474

INFO AMEMBASSY BERN PRIORITY

AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE PRIORITY

S E C R E T ANKARA 000071

EUR/SE, EUR/PRA, ISN/CPI

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/15/2019

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SUBJECT: TURKEY: AQ KHAN SANCTIONS REACTION, UPDATE ON CASE

REF: STATE 2519

Classified By: Pol-Mil Counselor A.F. Godfrey, Reasons 1.4 (b,d)

¶1. (S) MFA Nonproliferation and Disarmament Department Head Elif Ulgen expressed appreciation for receiving advanced notification of US intentions to sanction individuals and companies linked with the AQ Khan network (reftel) and for the background information on the various sanctions. We praised solid Turkish cooperation on these cases and emphasized that the sanctions are directed at the individuals and firms named, not the GOT.

¶2. (S) Ulgen said she did not anticipate much public reaction to the sanctions and noted that the individuals (Selim Alguadis and Kursad Cire) continue to be monitored by Turkish intelligence. She agreed to check on the status of the plans, drawings, and documents that were in the Turkish companies’ possession and follow up with us once she has additional information to share.

¶3. (S) Regarding Turkish efforts to prosecute Alguadis, Cire and others involved in AQ Khan network’s activities in Turkey, including Urs Friedrich TINNER and Henk Slebos, Ulgen said the next hearing for the case will take place in March. She said that according to officials in the Ministry of Justice, the case cannot progress until TINNER, a key suspect in the case, either agrees to testify or provides a written deposition to the court. She noted that the GOT still has not received any responses to its requests to the governments of Switzerland and the Netherlands for their assistance in obtaining a written deposition from TINNER and Slebos, respectively. While making clear the GOT is not in position to influence the judicial process, Ulgen expressed concern that the court may eventually dismiss the case if the GOT is unable to obtain the needed cooperation from other governments.

¶4. (S) Comment: The GOT has worked hard to investigate and prosecute those involved in the AQ Khan network here and has worked closely with the USG in this case. The MFA is frustrated that it has not been able to obtain needed information from foreign governments. MFA officials are aware of the New York Times reporting alleging a connection between the TINNER family and US government agencies. Although they have not explicitly stated so, it is clear MFA officials following the case do not expect a response from the Swiss Government and suspect the USG has played a role in this. Absent a deposition from Urs Friedrich TINNER, it is highly likely the case against Alguadis and Cire will eventually be dismissed.

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TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8474
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