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The long-running corruption trial of South Africa’s jailed ex-president Jacob Zuma is due to resume virtually today.

This will take place despite deadly violence that swept the nation after his imprisonment in an unrelated case.

Mr Zuma faces 16 charges of fraud, graft and racketeering related to the 1999 purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats and military gear from five European arms firms when he was deputy president.

He is accused of taking bribes from one of the firms, French defence giant Thales, which has been charged with corruption and money laundering.

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The 79-year-old, who appeared in person for the opening, proclaimed his innocence.

Today’s hearing will focus on an application by Mr Zuma’s legal team for chief prosecutor Billy Downer to recuse himself from the case over claims he leaked information to the media.



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