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South African Court Issues Arrest Warrant Against Former President Jacob Zuma

South African court has issued arrest warrant against former president Jacob Zuma who has been tried on 18 counts of fraud, racketeering and money laundering over a $ 2 billion arms contract dollars with the French defense company Thales in 1999, when he was the deputy to the President of the country.

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Judge Dhaya Pillay issued the arrest warrant after the former president did not appear in court on the grounds that he needed medical treatment. Zuma’s lawyer presented Pillay with a sickness note for what he said was a military hospital, but the judge insisted that there was no medical number indicating if and where the doctor had certified it.

 She said before issuing the arrest warrant;
“I don’t even know if [he]… is a doctor. There is … nothing to support that it is. “

 Pillay concluded that the mark was insufficient to excuse Zuma from appearing for the trial, but gave him until May 6 to appear before the warrant was triggered.

Zuma is said to be in Cuba after his lawyer revealed he was abroad for medical treatment.

The charges against the former president of South Africa were originally laid a decade ago by the National Prosecuting Authority, but were quashed shortly before he ran for president. 2009.

Following calls and lobbying by opposition parties, the NPA reinstated the charges in March. 2018.

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Written by How Africa

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