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The arms deal corruption trial involving former President Jacob Zuma is set to resume in the Pietmaritzburg High Court later this month. The trial involves Zuma and a French arms deal company Thales.

The trial will be heard on the 21st and 22nd of September. It was necessary to postpone the trial due to Zuma’s ill health.

The former head of state wants all charges against him dropped. The National Prosecuting Authority is seeking to appoint its own medical practitioner to assess Zuma’s fitness to stand trial.

Sources close to Zuma revealed that he refused to be assessed by an NPA appointed doctor.  The state however this week indicated that Zuma’s medical team and the state appointed medical team were cooperating on the medical report.

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In May this year Zuma pleaded not guilty to charges of corruption, fraud, tax evasion and money laundering.

He is accused of taking bribes from Thales, one of the successful bidders in South Africa’s controversial multi billion rand arms deal of the 1990s. Thales pleaded not guilty to money laundering charges.

 



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