OCCRP carried an article saying that Pierre Konrad Dadak rose from a small-time Parisian fraudster to become a top representative for one of Central Europe’s biggest arms companies, a state-owned Polish concern, Burmar – now known as Polski Holding Obronny (Polish Defense Holding), which employs roughly 17,000 people in more than 60 companies that produce weapons, including tanks and ammunition, as well as industrial equipment. His own companies were the Polietica network of companies, supposedly involved in plastics.  The Spanish police who arrested Dadak in 2016 believed he is a global arms trafficker, in bed with the French gangsters, and engaged in sanctions-busting, with arms deals arranged (whether or not fulfilled) for such places as South Sudan.  His former business partners say his arms deals were fakes, designed to defraud them of money (Polish Defense Holding said that Dadak did not complete any sales in the nearly 3 years he worked as a contractor for the company, and reporters were unable to independently find any instances in which Dadak had successfully made a sale).  Either way, high-level connections in his ancestral Poland appear to have protected him. Although Spanish authorities continue to investigate him for crimes including fraud and money laundering, Dadak was released on bail late last year.  He is barred from leaving the country.  A separate arms trafficking case is languishing, this being said to be due to distrust between European law enforcement agencies.  He was released on a €30,000 bail in December 2017.  He is currently living in Ibiza, his passport confiscated, while investigators continue putting together the case for a likely future trial.

A fascinating article, with documents obtained under freedom of information requests, samples contracts, Dadak’s passport etc.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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