The Indian Scorpene submarine files marked "Restricted" appear to have originally been taken from DCNS in France in 2011 by a former French naval officer who was working for the firm as a contractor. The assumption is that he and a French colleague then took a contract with the Kuala Lumpur firm Quantum Ark Technologies to train the Malaysian Navy.
But the Frenchmen fell out with their firm's owner and they were locked out of the company's premises and unable to retrieve their work possessions, including the Scorpene files.
It is those two men who will be the main targets of the French investigation and could face prosecution and jail. Their whereabouts are unknown. Nor is it clear whether Quantum Ark Technologies knew at any stage they had stolen classified documents on their premises.
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Quantum Ark is quite likely a front company set-up solely as vehicles for Malaysian government contracts awarded to cronies of the ruling UMNO. In fact, Quantum
Technologies appears to have been formed to take-over contracts awarded Perimekar Sdn Bhd, a company controlled by one Razak Baginda, a confidant of the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak ,who is implicated in a French corruption scandal involving the Malaysian Scorpene contract, and the murder pf a Mongolian woman. Fees paid to Perimekar were reported to be primarily for the training of Malaysian Navy personnel with regards the Scorpenes.. That Quantum's CEO Ahmad Izzat's previous work was in graphic design does little to challenge the above.
Given the increasingly close defence ties between Najib and China, it is more likely than not that the Indian Scorpense plans have long since been delivered to Beijing.