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Arms deal commission back in session

The Arms Procurement Commission is back in session after delays over a civilian application.

The Arms Deal Commission in session in August 2013. Picture: Belinda Moses/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Arms Procurement Commission into the arms deal is back in session after delays over a civilian application to cross-examine one of the witnesses.

Richard Young, a losing bidder in the corvette part of the multibillion rand deal, criticised the commission for the way in which it has been handling government witnesses.

It is currently investigating allegations of fraud and corruption linked to the deal.

Young will be the second civilian to ask questions at the commission.

Paul Holden, another vocal arms deal critic, cross questioned an Armscor witness and accused the commission of being biased and not interrogating evidence properly.

Young's company lost out on the subcontract for the corvette leg of the arms deal to African Defence Systems.

Schabir Shaik' s Nkobi Holdings held shares in that company.

But Young wants to ask questions about corruption, which the commission wants to deal with in its second phase. This is likely to happen next year.

For now, another Armscor witness is on the stand giving details about the fighter aircraft chosen and how the scoring process in the deal worked.

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