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Terry Crawford-Browne Writes Letter to Judge Willie Seriti Objecting to Closure of the Arms Deal Commission

Eye on the DiamondsActivist and author of Eye on the Diamonds, Terry Crawford-Browne, has written a letter to Judge Willie Seriti objecting to him closing an arms deal commission session off from the public on Monday without an explanation. “Crawford-Browne on Monday said the closure was in contempt of the Constitutional Court, which agreed to the commission’s terms of reference, on the grounds that the process should be transparent,” reports Sarah Evans for the Mail & Guardian.

The public commission hearings had been postponed for two weeks due to “issues related to the declassification of documents”, which Crawford-Browne said “should not have been necessary, as most of the documentation from the Hawks belonged to arms contractors and was therefore not classified.”

Crawford-Browne on Monday said the closure was in contempt of the Constitutional Court, which agreed to the commission’s terms of reference, on the grounds that the process should be transparent.

Seriti closed off the afternoon proceedings to the public on Monday without providing reasons. Crawford-Browne said Justice Minister Jeff Radebe had in 2011 also promised all the public hearings would be “transparent”.

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