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Arms deal critic testifies at Seriti inquiry

Arms deal critic Richard Young says govt played too much of a role in the decision making process.

FILE: Arms deal critic Richard Young says government played too much of a role in the decision making process that led to the multi-billion rand weapons procurement package. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Arms deal critic Richard Young says government played too much of a role in the decision making process that led to the multibillion rand weapons procurement package.

He's testified in the Seriti Commission of Inquiry in Pretoria.

President Jacob Zuma set up the commission into the controversial multibillion rand arms deal to investigate allegations of corruption.

Young says parastatal weapons developer, Armscor, should have played a leading role in the arms deal instead he says the final decisions relating to the contract were being made by Cabinet and traditional acquisition procedures were deviated from.

Young, who was a losing bidder in the deal, has raised concerns that allegations of fraud and corruption were not put to state witnesses.

He has also accused the commissioner of being biased and made no attempt to question the evidence of government witnesses.

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