Advocates removed from arms deal probe

2012-05-31 13:02
Johannesburg - Two of the three advocates responsible for assessing evidence before the arms deal commission have been removed, the Financial Mail reported on Thursday.

Advocates Vas Soni and Sthembiso Mdladla were hand-picked by the commission’s chairperson, Judge Willie Seriti.

But barely eight months into its work, William Baloyi, the commission’s spokesperson, confirmed to the FM that both lawyers are “no longer available to serve” for reasons that cannot be disclosed.

The FM established that after a routine vetting process of the two, it was discovered that Soni had failed to disclose that, back in 2008, he had acted for Thint, the local subsidiary of French arms company Thales, in its legal tussle with the national director of public prosecutions.

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