President Zuma’s legal team requests the ANC to produce its financial records in relation to the Arms Deal payments.
In a four-page letter, Jacob Zuma’s defense requested the following: List of all and, any foreign payments received from any German-based Defense Industry companies associated with the Strategic Defense Packages during the 1997/1998 and 1999/2000 financial years.
A detailed list of all and, any foreign payments received from any French-based defense industry companies associated with the strategic defense packages through the 1997/1998 and 1999/2000 financial years.
To provide evidence of any foreign and/or local payments received from any companies representing or making payments on behalf of Thint SA (France) and/or African Defense Systems PTY LTD and/or Mr Ellen Thetard, a senior executive of The Thint SA during the 2003/2004 and 2004/2005 financial years.
List of all and, any payments received from Mr Tony Georgiadis (a Greek citizen living in London) and/or any companies associated with Mr Tony Georgiadis.
List of all and any payments received from Mr Yusuf Surtee and/or any other company associated with Mr Surtee and/or any immediate family member of Mr Surtee during the 1997/1998, 1998/1999 and 1999/2000 financial years.
The defense stated that the aforementioned information was necessary for their client’s defense in relation to the corruption, fraud and money laundering charges.
It is alleged that Mr Zuma used his position in the party and the government, to offer protection to companies and individuals from the reach of the law enforcement investigations into corruption and Strategic Defense Packages.
The ANC’s defence’s response to Zuma’s defense attorneys was that they did not intend on addressing each and every statement made in their letter. They further stated, “…our failure to do so must not be misconstructed as an admission thereof.”
The ruling party’s defense mentioned in the letter that they have had the opportunity to thoroughly discuss, with their client, the documentation requested by Mr Zuma.
The following was in the letter as the outcome:
- They claimed that their client diligently searched for the documents as requested, despite the research the documents could not be found.
- The defense also stated that ANC documents predating 2005 were damaged and/or destroyed, as a result of flooding which occurred in the building where such documents were archived.
- Regarding the financial matters, the defense mentioned that the ANC had no audited financial statements for the period commencing 1997 up to, and including the year 2000.
- They ended their letter by stating their client’s rights remained fully reserved.