- Former president Jacob Zuma's arms deal trial is set to resume on Monday 19 July at the Pietermaritzburg High Court
- Zuma is being accused of taking bribes from the French company Thales, which is also facing charges
- Zuma's trial began in May and his legal representation is fighting to have charges brought against him dropped
On Monday morning, former president Jacob Zuma's corruption trial will resume in the Pietermaritzburg High Court.
Zuma is accused of 16 counts of fraud, corruption and racketeering in connection with the 1999 arms deal, reports EWN.
Zuma's legal representation is expected to ask the Pietermaritzburg High Court to postpone his case by a week.
According to Zuma's lawyer, Bethuel Thusini, the former president would like to testify in person about why he should be absolved of corruption accusations without going to trial.
Zuma is currently being held at Estcourt Correctional Services where he is being kept in isolation for 14 days as per coronavirus regulations, which will end on Thursday. He was sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment by the Constitutional Court for being in contempt of court.
Zuma's legal team met with him at Estcourt Correctional Services last week, according to TimesLIVE.
His arms deal trial began in May but has gone through multiple postponements and delays with Zuma's legal team tirelessly fighting to have the charges against him dropped.
Zuma is accused of accepting bribes from a French defence conglomerate Thales. The company is also facing charges of corruption and money laundering, according to a report by eNCA.
Thales has pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against the company and will appear in court on Monday, 19 July for their next hearing.
Jacob Zuma: NPF urges Minister Lamola to grant compassionate leave for brother Michael's burial
Briefly News recently reported that the National Freedom Party has made a plea to Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola requesting that former President Jacob Zuma be granted compassionate leave to attend his brother's funeral.
They argue that Zuma is not a hardened criminal and should be given the opportunity to lay his brother to rest with his family because Zuma is not a flight risk. Zuma's brother, Michael Zuma, died last week after suffering from a long illness, reports IOL.
A spokesperson for the Correctional Services Department Singabakho Nxumalo says there are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration in terms of the Correctional Services Act before Zuma can be granted compassionate leave.
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Source: Briefly News