Zuma wants corruption trial thrown out

Lawyers for South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma has called for criminal charges against him to be dropped.

He appeared in court today, and his trial was adjourned until 20 May next year in a move that was agreed on by both the defence and prosecution.

Mr Zuma is facing 16 charges for corruption, money laundering and racketeering emanating from a 1999 arms deal.

Both Mr Zuma and French arms company, Thales, have applied for the court to quash the whole trial and will argue for a permanent stay from prosecution when the trial resumes.

For its part, Thales cites an unfair trial in its application.

Meanwhile, the 76-year-old former president cited political interference by the National Prosecuting Authority and what he called “blatant prosecutorial bias” among others as reasons for the case to be dropped.


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