Jihad El Annan Part II: The Czech Connection
In the second part of our series on the Lebanese entrepreneur, we look at how he has spun his web as far as the Czech Republic through a network of partners with strong ties to local defence circles.
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Jean-Pierre Raffarin, the former prime minister who became the French government's envoy for China, has recently made his mark on the Saudi-French business networks. For many French companies, that has resulted in a reorientation of their focus towards Mohammed bin Salman's large-scale plans.
Going by cases exposed by Intelligence Online, it seems that the purges supposedly driven by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's efforts to tackle corruption are now only aimed at certain clans, mainly commercial agents close to former King Abdallah and Mohammed bin Nayef.
The corruption conviction handed down to the consulting firm GPT Special Project Management, an Airbus Group subisidiary that works for the Saudi Arabian National Guard, on 28 April, is not the end of the firm's woes.