David Brownrigg

This Saudi sheep saga is turning into death by a 1000 cuts

The ongoing Saudi Sheep Saga is starting to get some legs with the latest revelations showing that a government tender process was potentially compromised by keeping one tenderer in the loop.

That sounds like corruption to me.

The letter ONE News has shows just how close Brownrigg Agriculture is to Hamood Al Ali Al Khalaf and his business partner, George Assaf.

It’s written by David Brownrigg on their behalf to Foreign Minister Murray McCully.

It says Mr Brownrigg, Mr Assaf and Mr McCully met in November 2011 to discuss “the resumption of a specialised live export sheep trade”.

Mr Brownrigg warns if that doesn’t happen Mr Khalaf “would have no option but to seek commercial redress”.

Two years after that meeting, the tender. The final proposals were in from Brownriggs and industry heavyweights like Deloitte and PGG Wrightson. It was up to Foreign Affairs, Trade and Enterprise and “interested Saudi parties” to evaluate them. ? Read more »