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Arms Deal: Zuma  goes for private prosecution

Arms Deal: Zuma  goes for private prosecution

FORMER South African President Jacob Zuma is pursuing private prosecution proceedings to remove the lead prosecutor in an arms deal corruption trial after failed legal challenges, his foundation said on Sunday. Last month the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) torpedoed Zuma's latest bid to have lead prosecutor Billy Downer taken off the case after accusing him of bias and leaking confidential information to a journalist in contravention of the national prosecution act, among other complaints. The SCA dismissed the application for leave to appeal on the grounds that there is no reasonable prospect of success and there is no other…
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South African court delays corruption trial of ex-president Jacob Zuma

South African court delays corruption trial of ex-president Jacob Zuma

A South African court granted another adjournment in former president Jacob Zuma's arms deal corruption trial, as his legal team pushes for the removal of the lead prosecutor in the long-running case. Ousted as head of state in 2018 after nine years in power, Zuma claims he is the victim of a political witch-hunt and has pleaded not guilty to charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering over a $2 billion arms deal in the 1990s when he served as South Africa's deputy president. He alleges the lead prosecutor Billy Downer is biased against him, but the High Court and…
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SA court grants delay in Zuma’s trial

SA court grants delay in Zuma’s trial

A South African court has granted former President Jacob Zuma's request for a delay in his arms deal corruption trial, and adjourned proceedings for three weeks. Zuma this month started a 15-month sentence for contempt of court, a ruling that triggered some of the worst unrest of the post-apartheid era. He is also accused of receiving kickbacks over a $2 billion arms deal from the 1990s. He pleaded not guilty in May to charges including corruption, fraud and money laundering. He has evaded prosecution for more than a decade, and portrayed himself as the victim of a politically motivated witch-hunt.…
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Arms deal corruption case postponed against South African ex-president Zuma

Arms deal corruption case postponed against South African ex-president Zuma

THE corruption case against South Africa's former president, Jacob Zuma, and French arms dealer Thales related to a $2 billion arms deal has been provisionally postponed to February 23 next year, the Pietermaritzburg High Court has decided. French arms dealer Thales. It is the latest delay of trial proceedings for Zuma, who faces multiple charges of racketeering, fraud, corruption and money laundering related to a case when he was deputy president in 1999. Thales and Zuma have denied any wrongdoing, with Zuma suggesting the trial was politically motivated. The 16 charges Zuma faces were reinstated in March 2018, a month…
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