South African Court dismisses Jacob Zuma Bid To Appeal Against Bribe Trial

South African court on Friday dismissed the bid by former president Jacob Zuma’s to appeal against a corruption trial in which he faces charges related to a 1990s arms deal involving France’s Thales.

The High Court in the southeastern city of Pietermaritzburg ruled that “Mr Zuma’s leave to appeal is dismissed”.

The appeal was filed by Zuma last month ahead of the initial October 15 trial date, in a case that has seen numerous legal turns over a decade and a half.

He is alleged to have taken bribes worth four million rand ($270,000, 240,000 euros) related to a $3.4 billion arms deal in 1999 when he was deputy president.

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In all Zuma faces 16 charges of fraud, graft and racketeering related to the purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats and military equipment when he was deputy to the country’s second black president, Thabo Mbeki.

Both Zuma and French defence company Thales, which supplied equipment for navy vessels, deny the charges.

Thales’s application for permission to appeal against the trial was also thrown out at the same time as Zuma’s.

Both Zuma and Thales, have the option to approach the Supreme Court of Appeal or the Constitutional Court in their push to stop a trial.

Source: AFP

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