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South African choose dismisses Zuma’s try to take away prosecutor

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 26 (Reuters) – A South African choose on Tuesday dismissed an software by former president Jacob Zuma to have the prosecutor in his arms deal corruption trial eliminated.

Zuma, ousted by the governing African National Congress in 2018, had argued that the prosecutor was biased towards him and submitted a “special plea” to the Pietermaritzburg High Court to have him changed. learn extra

The former president, 79, pleaded not responsible to fees of corruption, cash laundering and racketeering within the long-running case over the Nineties deal for army tools. learn extra

“The special plea is dismissed,” Judge Piet Koen stated. “It is obviously in the interests of all the parties – the accused, the state representing the general public – that this matter be resolved as soon as is reasonably possible. It has been hanging around too long.”

Zuma was briefly jailed earlier this 12 months for contempt of court docket for refusing to seem at a separate corruption inquiry, however he was granted medical parole after being hospitalised for an undisclosed situation. learn extra

Zuma, whose decade in energy was marred by scandals, was on the Pietermaritzburg court docket to listen to whether or not his software could be granted. Dressed in a darkish swimsuit and crimson tie, he was silent as Koen learn out his judgment. Lawyers for the accused and the state retired to debate when the case might proceed to trial.

Reporting by Alexander Winning; Editing by Giles Elgood

Former South African President Jacob Zuma waits in court during his corruption trial in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, October 26, 2021. Jerome Delay/Pool via REUTERS

  Former South African president Jacob Zuma speaks to supporters at his home in Nkandla, South Africa, July 4, 2021. REUTERS/Rogan Ward/File Photo

Former South African President Jacob Zuma waits in court during his corruption trial in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, October 26, 2021. Jerome Delay/Pool via REUTERS