Lt-General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim : ‘Turkey, Brotherhood spreading rumours about me’

Lt-General Dhahi Khalfan questioned the picture which was circulated during his alleged visit to Turkey, confirming it was fake and doctored.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Sat 18 Jan 2014, 1:18 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 5:36 PM

The Deputy Chairman of the Dubai Police and General Security, Lt-General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, has said rumours were being spread about him in the last few days in an attempt to implicate him in the corruption scandal which rocked the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey.

“I challenge the Turks and Muslim Brotherhood which spread such rumours and lies to show even one picture or document confirming their claims,” he told UAE-based website ‘24’ which was reproduced by Arabic daily Al Bayan on Thursday.

“Basically, I had not visited Turkey since 25 years ago, and if they have a record of the tour, which I had made, let them show that,” he said, noting that he had visited Turkey along with 25 members of his family during the reign of former Turkish prime minister Turgut Ozal.”

Lt-General Dhahi Khalfan questioned the picture which was circulated during his alleged visit to Turkey, confirming it was fake and doctored. He, however, went on to say: “Unfortunately, when some are shaken, they become nervous and fail to act well.

“I say, and repeat: I challenge the senior most official in Turkey to prove that I had entered the Turkish land since my visit 25 years ago.”

On the secret behind the ferocious campaign against him, he said: “It seems that the group’s bad deeds had backfired on them, as they aimed their arrows at a well-known person in terms of ethics and behaviour. Therefore, it was the people who cleared me of these false allegations before I clear them myself.

“Emiratis, before others, know that Dhahi Khalfan Tamim is ethically and by behaviour a committed person. Therefore, such lies boomeranged and hurt those who promoted them.”

He added: “All Turkish prime ministers before Erdogan were friends of the UAE; even Erdogan himself had been trying to cement friendship with us (UAE) before he declared his absolute inclination towards the Muslim Brotherhood.

“Isn’t it shameful for a group that claims to be Islamic to defame a person in such a cheap way? Isn’t it shameful for them to try to export their crisis and shift responsibility of their problems on other persons or a country.”

He expressed regret that Erdogan was loosing appreciation of the UAE people while falling in this dilemma.

Confronting degradation

“It is regrettable, but look at their language, their words and obscenity in the social networking sites ... this is quite enough to have an idea about the derogatory standard of those people,... and show them in their true colours, origin and upbringing.”

He also regretted that the Turkish government was marketing such sub-standard campaigns and said: “It is apparent that Turkey’s Muslim Brotherhood is those of Egypt’s and they are all the same wherever they are.”

Regarding the case of famous Turkish prosecutor Zekeriya Oz’s visit to Dubai, he said: “What’s our connection with persons from other nationalities visiting the UAE, regardless of the amounts of money they spend. This is their problem in Turkey. Why did they want to get the UAE involved in this issue?” he wondered.

“The Muslim Brotherhood does not exist in the UAE, and the UAE people have absolutely rejected them, even the word (Brotherhood) is hated by UAE people.”

malzarooni@khaleejtimes.com


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