Jacob Zuma’s Corruption Trial Postponed To September 9




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The trial against former South African president, Jacob Zuma has been postponed to Sept. 9, following his hospitalisation.

High Court Piet Koen granted the postponement and also ordered Zuma’s team to produce a medical report by Aug. 20, and for the state to appoint a medical doctor to assess whether Zuma was fit to stand trial.

Zuma’s sentence in July a separate contempt of court matter led to a wave of looting and unrest.

He was expected to appear at the Pietermaritzburg High Court Tuesday on a two billion dollars arms deal case that led to his sack as South Africa’s deputy president in 2005.

Zuma, 79, is serving a 15-month sentence at Estcourt in his province of KwaZulu-Natal after he failed to heed a court order to attend an inquiry in during his time as president.

He was moved to a hospital Friday for medical observation.

In the dock French arms firm Thales (TCFP.PA), Zuma is facing charges of corruption, money laundering and tax evasion related to the arms deal from the 1990s.

In May, he pleaded not guilty to the charges. Thales has also denied wrongdoing.

(Reauters/NAN)