SABC News - Closing arguments in arms deal probe to be presented:Monday 29 June 2015

Closing arguments in arms deal probe to be presented

Monday 29 June 2015 08:47

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The commission was established to probe allegations of fraud, corruption and impropriety in the arms deal.(SABC)

The Arms deal commission resumes on Monday morning with the closing arguments of the inter-ministerial committee that had oversight on the arms deal.

The chairperson of the commission Judge Willie Seriti, will also make his final submission. The commission will then adjourn to prepare a report for the Presidency.

The Department of Defence said in their submission last Friday that there is no need to further investigate the 1999 arms deal after the Seriti Commission has concluded its probe and made recommendations.

The commission was established to probe allegations of fraud, corruption and impropriety in the arms deal.

The hearing started with submissions by one of the bidding companies, Ferrostal. The issue of classified documents was again highlighted. The Department of Defence's lawyer, advocate Jenny Cane, meticulously went through the evidence tendered and discredited witnesses such as Terry Crawford-Browne, Richard Young, Gavin Woods, Pierre Steyn and Dawie Griessel.

Cane submitted that there was nothing untoward with Cabinet and the executive playing a role in the arms acquisition. She says this is in fact constitutional. Cane says there's no need for another body to investigate the deal.

The Seriti Commission was established to probe allegations of fraud, corruption and impropriety in the arms deal.

Related articles: Seriti Commission of Inquiry, by sabcnewsonline

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