South African court repulses former President Zuma’s recent attempt to avoid prosecution for corruption

The corruption trial of former South African President Jacob Zuma continues after the Pietermaritzburg Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned his appeal against chief prosecutor Billy Downer, who accused him of collecting a series of bribes from a French defense company.

The South African attorney general’s office announced after the court’s verdict was celebrated that Downer would serve as the main culprit in the trial of Zuma, which is now scheduled for April 11th next year.

The former South African president’s defense filed a lawsuit against Downer accusing him of bias and divulging confidential information about the case and medical reports to the media and even the CIA, for which they sought his dismissal if attempted rebut allegations made by him.

South African court repulses former President Zuma’s recent attempt to avoid prosecution for corruption
South African court repulses former President Zuma’s recent attempt to avoid prosecution for corruption

Jacob Zuma Foundation spokesman Mzwanele Manyi expressed dissatisfaction with the judge’s decision and announced that he would advise the former South African president to appeal. “It cannot be accepted,” he said, reports the IOL news portal.

Zuma, who was present at the reading of the verdict with his daughter, had been in jail until a month ago when he was charged with contempt for failing to testify in the investigation into the alleged millionaire payments he would have received for part of his tenure of the French arms company Thales.

Zuma, who has always denied such allegations, faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted. His jail entry earlier this year for contempt sparked one of the worst waves of violence in South Africa since apartheid, killing about 350 people.

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