Marc Davies | Huffington Post ZA | 05 February 2018 | The lawyer who once represented the French arms company, however, was reluctant to answer questions about his own alleged complicity in arms deal corruption.
Attorney Ajay Sooklal, who formerly represented French arms manufacturer Thales, presented new allegations of arms deal graft in his testimony before a panel at the People’s Tribunal on Economic Crime on Monday.
The attorney, who had a close relationship with people involved in the arms deal and in the upper echelons of the ANC, gave testimony on alleged bribes used to secure the arms deal and, in particular, to protect its instigators from facing legal repercussions.
The allegations relate broadly to the involvement of Thales, formerly Thompson-CSF, a French arms manufacturer and notorious sanctions-buster, in the arms deal, and its links to then Deputy President Jacob Zuma.
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