Arms Deal Witness will not Testify if "Hindered"
A key witness in the public hearings into South Africa’s arms deal notified
the state yesterday that he would not testify if he was hindered by restrictions
on his evidence.
Young, managing director of Communications Computer Intelligence Integration (CCII)
Systems, said he had sent a letter to this effect to the state attorney earlier
in the day.
This came after Defence
Minister Mosiuoa Lekota ruled that Young could only testify if he refrained from
referring to confidential and classified documents.
said from Cape Town: “Until I have unfettered and unqualified authorisation to
testify freely, I am not going to give evidence.”
Protector Selby Baqwa’s office said it had no objection to the conditions
imposed on Young as they “would not impede the proceedings”.
is to testify about alleged irregularities in the awarding of a R40-million
tender for information management systems used in the four Corvettes South
Africa bought as part of the arms package.
claims his company was named the preferred supplier, but the tender was later
awarded to French company Detexis, sister company of African Defence Systems, of
which arms acquisition head Chippy Shaik’s brother Schabir is a shareholder
is to testify next week.
acknowledgment to Sapa and the Cape Times.