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Seriti: I wouldn't change anything in arms deal report

Retired Judge Willie Seriti has told Eyewitness News he that stands by his commission's work despite a scathing judgment by the High Court in Pretoria.

FILE: Judge William Seriti attends the opening of public hearings in an inquiry to probe long-standing allegations of fraud in South Africa's controversial multi-billion-dollar arms deal, involving contracts with several European arms groups on 5 August 2013 at the Pretoria Council Chamber. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Retired Judge Willie Seriti has told Eyewitness News he that stands by his commission's work despite a scathing judgment by the High Court in Pretoria.

On Wednesday Judge President Dustan Mlambo set aside the findings of the arms deal commission.

The court found the commission chaired by Seriti failed to comprehensively investigate the arms deal as it was mandated to.

Seriti had been criticised for letting those implicated, particularly politicians, off the hook.

But he's told Eyewitness News he wouldn't change anything in his report.

"Anyone who wants to know more about what I've said, they can go to the report. I can't add anything or subtract anything from the report. My report is there, it's almost 1,000 pages long and it explains exactly what I did, how I did that and why I didn't do certain things."

LISTEN: Judge Seriti stands by his Arms Deal Commission report

Seriti told Eyewitness News he was not worried about the court judgment, saying it was standard practice.

He downplayed the decision.

“If you are going to get worried about one decision that went against you, then you are going to have a terrible life. It is not the first time that a judge’s decision is set aside and even in this case there were two judges, it was not only me, there were two judges,” he said.

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