Zuma trial: 'Dead' former Thales boss, witness found alive in Europe

Zuma trial: 'Dead' former Thales boss, witness found alive in Europe

Jacob Zuma's legal team had told the High Court that Alain Thétard, the former head of Thales South Africa, was dead. However, the crucial witness to the case against the former president has been found alive and well in Europe.

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This week saw legal representatives of Jacob Zuma claiming that key witness and co-conspirator, Alain Thétard, had died.

Thétard had served as the head of Thales South Africa, with the company accused of paying the former president bribes through his financial advisor at the time, Schabir Shaik.

Thales had told the High Court that Thétard was untraceable but investigators managed to locate him in Europe, reports News24.

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In his application to have corruption charges against him permanently dropped, Zuma had commented that:

"Thétard is now deceased and cannot assist the prosecution and me to explain the fax once and for all. This prejudice is indeed insurmountable and grotesque."

An infamous fax had revealed that an annual payment to the tune of R500 000 would be paid to Zuma, should he protect Thales from investigations and lobby for more work for the company in South Africa.

With this latest development, the National Prosecuting Authority is expected to bring Thétard to South Africa to answer for his involvement in the matter if and when it goes to trial in October this year.

Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Zuma is expected to produce a new piece of evidence which could prove the case against him is politically-motivated.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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