Turkish military contractor SADAT receives more than $35 million in 10 years

Private military contractor SADAT and smaller companies owned by SADAT partners and founders have won a total of 110 public tenders, resulting in 545 million liras’ worth of contracts for public security in the last 10 years, daily BirGün reported on Sunday.

One such company owned by SADAT partners Mehmet Naci Efe and Mehmet Tek, Ekol Group Security, Protection and Training Services Co., won 86 public contracts worth 453 million liras (currently $29.2 million) between 2012 and 2021.

Among Ekol’s customers are Turkey’s railroads, universities, ministries, court houses, municipalities and public factories.

A cleaning services company owned by the same families won a total of six tenders worth some 13 million liras ($850,000), BirGün said. Another company owned by SADAT founder Ersan Ergür sold Istanbul Landscaping, a public company owned by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, hundreds of thousands of liras worth of flowers and other plants before opposition mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu took office in 2019, the newspaper found.

SADAT was established in 2012 by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s former chief military adviser Adnan Tanrıverdi to provide recruitment and training services for irregular warfare and counterguerrilla tactics.

Tanrıverdi resigned from the company after he said Mahdi, the prophesied redeemer of Islam, would bring unity to Islam. “We do not know when Mahdi will come. Do we not have a job to do? Should we not prepare the environment? That is what we are doing, in fact,” the brigadier general had said in a meeting.

Company executives consist of former military officers known for their close ties to Erdoğan, while opposition politicians have accused SADAT of training vigilante militia forces against the Syrian government in the country’s ongoing civil war.

SADAT has also been present in Libya since 2013, shortly after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi and the ongoing conflict that followed.

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