Trial of South African Ex-President Zuma Postponed Until August

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The corruption trial of former South African President Jacob Zuma has again been postponed until August. The reason is that the highest court has not yet ruled on the various appeals that Zuma filed.

 

Zuma, now 80, faces 16 charges of fraud, corruption and extortion in a 1999 bribery case. He is accused of accepting a bribe from French defence company Thales as vice president. That company is also on trial for corruption and money laundering.

The trial was delayed several times by delaying manoeuvres by the Zuma camp. One of these is a request to dismiss the prosecutor in charge of the trial. As a result, the former president faces 25 years in prison. He denies the allegations.

If a decision is made on Zuma’s lawyers’ requests before August 1, the trial will continue on August 15, the court ruled.

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