Arms Man Detained for Sitting on Documents
English Translation for : Wapenman voor Stok omdat Hy op Dokumente Sit
company which was involved in the controversial arms deal is refusing to hand
over documents Awhich
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and which are necessary for the investigation into the arms deal, to the
Ian Pierce, director and shareholder of Futuristic Business Solutions (FBS),
was taken into custody on Friday for defying a subpoena ordering him to
provide specified documents.
first subpoena ordering him to hand over the documents was issued on
2001-06-10 and another was issued thereafter on 2001-07-10.
alleges that he didn=t
know about the summons since it was served on his secretary.
to Mr Sipho Ngwema, spokesperson for the National Directorate of Public
Prosecutions, a charge was then lodged with the police.
was in the news after a copy of the draft agreement between the company and
Thyssen, a member of the German
Frigate Consortium which was awarded the contract to sell four corvettes to
South Africa, was found in the media=s
to this agreement, Thyssen would have paid FBS an amount of R1,2 million if
the German company was awarded a part of the Corvette contract.
to the contract, FBS had to win the favour of key persons in Parliament, the
Department of Defence, Armscor, the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Defence,
the Department of Trade and Industry and the defence industry.
contracts were signed with other potential arms suppliers.
Lt Gen Lambert Moloi, MK-stalwart and confidant of Mr Joe
Modise, Minister of Defence during the acquisition process and Mr Tshepo
son-in-law, are shareholders in FBS.
early last year, after decisions were taken about the arms deal, they have
also been directors of African Defence Systems (ADS) which acted as the
coordinator for the frigate contract. FBS owns 20% of ADS.
FBS=s name was also mentioned in the Public Hearings of the Public Protector.
Young, who alleges that he lost the contract because of ADS, came under fire
about confidential documents which he obtained from two different sources and
which contained classified information.
Dwyer, legal representative of the German Frigate Consortium, asked whether
Young knew that the documents were stolen during a burglary at FBS.
Pierce was released with a warning and will appear in the Pretoria Magistrates Court tomorrow.
With acknowledgment to Andries Cornelissen and Rapport.