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John Wilson

to return to South Africa in 1984, reflecting the Conservative government’s attitude towards that country, ISC continued to work with them over the next five years, as part of the extensive covert trade Guerin had built since the early 1970s. South Africa consequently achieved its strategic aim of becoming the only African nuclear power principally because of the covert support provided by US and British governments, using ISC and Gamma Systems as their wellremunerated vehicles to obviate international law. Another vehicle created by Guerin to facilitate this trade

in Ferranti: A History
John Wilson

as we shall see later the US agencies were responsible for the bulk of the detective work and would lead the prosecution of Guerin and his closest colleagues, resulting in a plethora of court cases and legal decisions. Given the highly intricate nature of Guerin’s business dealings, it was a brilliantly conceived and implemented investigation that provided even deeper insights into activities that had obviated international law for fifteen years. 5.1 Mounting evidence While for good reason it had taken Ferranti International executives over two years to act

in Ferranti: A History
John Wilson

, putting Sir Derek in a very difficult situation. Naturally, he reiterated the company line, that Ferranti International would never knowingly break international law, a position the civil servants accepted. Following this meeting, Sir Derek immediately rang Guerin to seek assurances on the allegation that ISC had been supplying military equipment to South Africa. These were certainly forthcoming, Guerin stating that he was merely involved in supplying personal computers to South Africa, as part of an educational programme aimed at the black community. He also added that

in Ferranti: A History