[DEBATE] : (Fwd) Crawford-Browne defeated on Manuel's documents
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Tue Jun 3 06:43:47 BST 2008
Arms deal application dismissed
2 June 2008, 18:29
A Cape High Court judge on Monday dismissed an application to force
Finance Minister Trevor Manuel to hand over arms deal documents,
activist Terry Crawford-Browne said.
He said judge Daniel Dlodlo ruled in essence "that I had waited too long
in asserting my rights to discovery of the documents".
"Whilst disappointing, the matter has already been overtaken by events -
namely the Constitutional Court's confirmation on Thursday that Shaik
bribed Zuma, and by the judge Hlop[h]e uproar," he said.
Crawford-Browne had asked the court for an order compelling Manuel and
former treasury director general Maria Ramos to supply hundreds of pages
of documents related to the multi-billion rand deal.
He said the two - against whom he was also seeking a contempt of court
ruling - were ordered to supply the documents in a 2003 court challenge
to the deal, but gave him only 224 of some 700 pages.
He maintained the documents, containing recommendations of the
government's negotiating team on the deal, would "lay a trail" for
investigators to track bribes by successful bidder BAE.
Manuel's legal representative said in court that Crawford-Browne had
already been given all the documents he asked for.
The minister earlier this year won a temporary order preventing
Crawford-Browne from accusing him of arms deal corruption, and has
applied to make it permanent. - Sapa
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