Crawford-Browne application dismissed

2013-08-20 19:07
Arms deal activist Terry Crawford-Browne is seen at the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the arms deal. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Arms deal activist Terry Crawford-Browne is seen at the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the arms deal. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Pretoria - A bid by arms deal activist Terry Crawford-Browne to cut short the work of the Seriti Commission of Inquiry was rejected on Tuesday.

Commissioner Judge Thekiso Musi said Crawford-Browne's application to the commission asked it to ignore its terms of reference.

"This application is an invitation to the commission to abandon its terms of reference. It's not attenable [attainable]," he said.

Crawford-Browne read a letter to the commission on Tuesday in which he lodged various complaints and made a number of suggestions.

Commission chairperson Judge Willie Seriti said he received the letter on Monday. Crawford-Browne said there were 23 points in the letter. Musi went through some of the points and his objections to them.

Contracts illegal

Crawford-Browne had asked, among other things, that the commission write to President Jacob Zuma stating that the arms deal contracts were illegal.

"This is the matter of investigation. There isn't any conclusive evidence on this point," Musi said.

Crawford-Browne alleged that some of the equipment bought was inoperable and sitting in storage and called for all contracts to be cancelled. Musi said these were allegations the defence force had been called to clarify.

"This can't be regarded as fact," he said.

Contracts could not be cancelled on the basis of allegations.

"Before making findings and recommendations we need to investigate the alleged bribery and fraud. We can't make recommendations before."

There was no merit to Crawford-Browne's application and Musi recommended that Seriti dismiss it. Seriti said he was not inclined to grant the application.

"Therefore his request is rejected."

President Jacob Zuma appointed the commission in 2011 to investigate alleged corruption in the 1999 multi-billion rand arms deal.

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