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Court issues arrest warrant for ex-president Zuma, stayed until May 6

The former leader of Africa’s most industrialised country is on trial for on corruption charges over a $2 billion arms deal
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A South African court issued an arrest warrant for former president Jacob Zuma on Tuesday, after he skipped court on grounds of needing medical treatment, but the judge stayed the warrant until his corruption trial resumes on May 6.

Zuma’s lawyer presented the judge with a sick note from what he said was a military hospital, but the judge questioned whether the note was valid or even written by a doctor.

The former leader of Africa’s most industrialised country is on trial for on corruption charges over a $2 billion arms deal with French defence firm Thales in the 1990s.

Zuma, president from 2009-2018, had previously applied for a permanent stay of prosecution on 18 charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering relating to the deal, but the court in Pietermaritzburg threw out his appeal in November.

Zuma is accused of accepting R500,000 ($34,000) annually from Thales in 1999, in exchange for protecting the company from an investigation into the deal. He rejects the allegations as a politically motivated witch-hunt against him.

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A sick note from Zuma makes complete sense…..as US$2 billion surely is sickening!

A viral illness perhaps?

He was seen last week on a flight to Paris, looking very sprightly and hale…

The doctor (military) booked him off with illness until the 20th of April 2020. They (Zuma and doctor) should both be charged with fraud, perjury and defeating the ends of justice. It is a brazen attempt to keep the bell-end out of prison.

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