Pietermaritzburg – The legal team for French arms’ company Thales argued on Tuesday that former prosecutions’ chief, Shaun Abrahams, relied on, among other things, the wrong sections of the law when deciding to reinstate charges against its client.
Advocate Anton Katz, SC, also said that when Abrahams still held the post of national director of public prosecutions (NDPP), he was “hell-bent” on prosecuting the corporate and had made an irrational decision when doing so.
Katz was appearing before a full bench at the Pietermaritzburg High Court, outlining the reasons why he was seeking a permanent stay of prosecution in the State’s graft case against Thales.
As he had done on Monday afternoon, Katz said charges were reinstated against Thales as an “add-on” in the graft case against former president Jacob Zuma, which was unconstitutional.
“We (Thales) are an add-on, we are some flotsam in the waves, it is not constitutional,” he said, adding that Thales and Zuma had to be viewed independently of one another.