Zuma wants to be acquitted from arms deal case

Johannesburg – Former embattled president, Jacob Zuma, has demanded an acquittal from charges of corruption relating to the much publicised arms deal case.

This is according to papers that were filed at the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg.

Zuma pleaded not guilty to charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering and racketeering, in May.

It was then decided that the former president’s special plea application will be argued on July 19.

Zuma’s new representative, Dali Mpofu SC, argued that Downer lacked independence and impartiality to deliver a fair trial.

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In the latest development, papers filed in KZN, Zuma says that the state’s loss of constitutional legitimacy has violated his fair trial rights.
“I must therefore be acquitted because there is no evidence that the State may lawfully present in a court for me to answer as a consequence of the State losing title to prosecute,” Zuma says in the papers that were filed.

The state alleges Zuma received over R4 million in bribes from his former financial adviser Shabir Shaik, in relation to the Arms Deal, among others.

Also read: Zuma’s special plea moved to 19 July

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