Zuma's lawyers question if former president will get fair trial

Zuma's lawyers question if former president will get fair trial

Jacob Zuma's lawyers aren't concerned whether or not their client is guilty of corruption, but rather if he will receive a fair trail. The former president's legal team has argued that in light of the NPA's 'irregular' conduct, the former president will be able to have a fair trial.

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Jacob Zuma's corruption trial is set to begin in May and his lawyers have filed their final arguments in his application for a permanent stay in prosecution.

The former president's lawyers have argued that it's irrelevant whether or not he is guilty of the corruption charges, saying that a more important issue is if Zuma will receive a fair trial:

“Zuma seeks this extraordinary remedy on account of the inordinate delay, trial prejudice and the flagrant abuse of power by the NPA... the effect of which has been the violation of Zuma’s constitutional rights, in particular the right to a fair trial.”

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While the NPA (National Prosecuting Authority) has admitted responsibility for delaying Zuma's trial for nearly two years, his lawyers want the authority put on trial for the way it handled the case, reports BusinessLIVE.

The legal team argues that the prosecution has been tainted by 'irregularities', 'prejudice' and even 'political interference'.

Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Zuma claimed that this treatment was the worst that anyone has been forced to endure since the dawn of democracy in South Africa. In an affidavit submitted to the court, he claimed that the prosecution hated him and that he suffered as a result.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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