Young Denies Conducting Media Campaign to Discredit Arms Process
Richard Young, the MD of Communications Computer
Intelligence Integration Systems (CCII), today denied carrying out media
campaigns to discredit the arms procurement process.
Young was being cross-examined after giving
testimony into government investigation of the multi-billion arms deal.
Michael Kuper, the legal council for the
Department of Defence, reminded Young that there had been hundreds of bidders in
the arms package, but there was no litigation by any of those who lost out.
Kuper also questioned the motive behind omitting certain parts of the report in his testimony. In his response, Young said he could not reveal everything because it would be a far too lengthy submission.
He added that he had submitted some of the
information to the forensic investigations.
When Kuper asked why Young engaged in a media
campaign, he said he had been approached by the media and he made use of the
Young contends there
were irregularities in the awarding of a R40 million tender for information
management systems (IMS) used in the four corvette ships South Africa bought
under the arms package.
CCII was named the preferred supplier of these systems, Young claims. The tender was, however, awarded to French company Detexis. Detexis is the sister company of African Defence Systems (ADS), of which arms acquisition head Chippy Shaik's brother, Shabir, is a shareholder and director.
With acknowledgment to Sapa and SABC News.