Zuma in court in last attempt to have corruption charges set aside

Zuma in court in last attempt to have corruption charges set aside

- President Jacob Zuma will be putting forward his arguments in his attempt to obtain a permanent stay in prosecution relating to his corruption charges

- The ANC leader is set to appear in the Pietermaritzburg High Court this week, where he aims to successfully gain immunity from the charges

- These charges relate to French arms company, Thales, which allegedly paid Zuma bribes through his advisor at the time, Schabir Shaik

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This week, former president Jacob Zuma will be putting forward arguments in the hopes to obtain a permanent stay of prosecution over a series of corruption charges.

Set to appear in the Pietermaritzburg High Court for most of this week, a full bench will be hearing his application as to why charges he has managed to side-step for over a decade should be put aside.

If successful, Zuma will be immune from these charges, which stem from bribes allegedly paid to him by French arms company, Thales, which had been appointed in a multi-billion-Rand deal.

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News24 reports that Thales will also be appearing as accused number two, hoping to avoid facing charges including money laundering, corruption and racketeering.

The former president will be facing 16 charges, including 12 counts of fraud, two of corruption and one of racketeering and money-laundering.

This is not the first time that Zuma will be attempting to have the charges set aside, with an unsuccessful attempt taking place back in 2005.

Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Zuma's former financial advisor, Schabir Shaik, had been found guilty of fraud and corruption in 2005 in the same matter, receiving a 15-year sentence.

President at the time, Thabo Mbeki, had fired Zuma as deputy-president for his involvement in the matter, but four years after, Zuma had managed to bounce back, beating Mbeki to lead the ANC party as president.

This week, the pressure is on for Zuma's legal team, with convincing arguments and evidence needed to lay the matter to rest.

Proceedings are expected to start at 10am, with supporters expected to have gathered from the early hours of this morning to stand behind the former president.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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