Chippy Shaik could be subpoenaed for arms deal commission

2013-10-02 08:30

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Shamin “Chippy” Shaik, chief of acquisitions for the SA National Defence Force during a controversial arms deal, may be subpoenaed to appear before the Seriti Commission of Inquiry.

Commission spokesman William Baloyi told SAFM today they would send Shaik a formal notice about the witnesses who have mentioned him so far.

“Our evidence leaders would have to get into contact with him, sit down with him and exchange information... Based on that, the commission might come out with a process that might include to formally subpoena him,” he said.

According to the report, Shaik has returned from Australia and is in contact with the commission.

Baloyi said first engagement and notification had to take place before a decision on a subpoena was made.

Yesterday, arms procurement parastatal Armscor told the commission it was not involved in procurement in the arms deal.

SABC radio reported that acting general manager of acquisitions Dawie Griesel told the commission, sitting in Pretoria, that there was a deviation from standard policy procedures.

President Jacob Zuma appointed the commission in 2011 to investigate alleged corruption in the multi-billion rand deal.

The government acquired, among other items, 26 Gripen fighter aircraft and 24 Hawk lead-in fighter trainer aircraft for the SA Air Force.

The defence and military veterans’ department, Armscor, and the Treasury are expected to make presentations to the commission on the rationale behind the acquisitions.

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