Prosecutor sues Jacob Zuma over 'false' statements made about him

Prosecutor sues Jacob Zuma over 'false' statements made about him

- The lead prosecutor in the arms deal case against Jacob Zuma has filed a court application over comments made by the former president

- Zuma allegedly called him a liar and said he was prejudiced against him

- This comes as Zuma and his team have applied for a permanent stay of prosecution in the case

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Billy Downer, the lead prosecutor in the arms deal case against Jacob Zuma, wants the former president to withdraw comments he made about Downer.

Zuma had accused Downer of being biased against him and of having "withdrawal symptoms" from apartheid.

Downer wants these statements withdrawn before the High Court and for Zuma to pay the costs of Downer's legal application.

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Downer has been involved in the case since at least 2005, when he played a role in the conviction of Schabir Schaik, which resulted in Zuma losing his position as deputy-president. 

Partly as a result, Zuma has claimed that Downer hates him and is "obsessed" with him. In fact, Zuma said he had received more biased and unfair treatment than anyone else since 1994, according to The Citizen.

Additionally, Zuma called Downer a liar.

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Zuma and his team also maintain that the charges against him - which stem from a multi-billlion-Rand deal signed in 1999 for defence arms - are politically manipulated. They have asked for a permanent stay of prosecution. 

His application for the stay of prosecution is expected to be heard on 20 May.

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Zuma faces charges of corruption, fraud, money-laundering and racketeering relating the arms deal, has gathered.

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