Article by: Dumisane Dube
The corruption trial of former president Jacob Zuma has been adjourned to 19 July
Zuma and co-accused French arms company Thales face multiple charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering in connection with the multi-billion-rand arms deal of the 1990s.
They both pleaded not guilty to charges brought against them.
Former president’s legal representative Advocate Dali Mpofu presented Zuma’s request for the State prosecutor Billy Downer to recuse himself.
Adv. Mpofu said Downer lacks independence and impartiality, and Zuma feels he will not get a free and fair trial.
Judge Piet Koen told Zuma’s defense to remain within the permissible limits of what is allowed to be presented in court before the special plea is officially heard on July 19.
The matter was adjourned for 19 July.
Meanwhile the Former President is expected to address his supporters just outside the court.
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