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Trevor Manuel v Terry Crawford-Browne: Letter to the Media

I have just sent this letter out to the media.

Following Thursday’s hearing in court, I have this morning filed a notice of dismissal, plea and counterclaims on Trevor Manuel’s application to gag me, in summary:

1. his application is an abuse of the court as he is trying to cloak the cover-up of the arms deal scandal with spurious legal propriety,
2. my criticisms are fair, accurate and in the public interest, and therefore not defamatory,
3. the summons is an abuse of constitutional rights of freedom of expression,
4. by his own admission, he has no prospect of financial remedy,
5. the judgement in case 9987/2001 was a miscarriage of justice due to his failure to comply with the discovery order in March 2003,
6. his conduct in the arms deal saga is inconsistent with numerous constitutional obligations.

Meanwhile, as you may have read: the FBI last week detained BAE’s chief executive officer and the deputy chairman of Barclays Bank, plus others, in connection with bribes BAE paid to secure its Saudi Arabian and South African contracts. The reality is that a gagging order against me will serve no purpose in protecting Manuel’s reputation since international investigators are now uncovering BAE’s bribery network.



PS. I have not yet been notified of a judgement date for last Thursday’s hearing in which judgement was reserved.


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