Former president Jacob Zuma.
Thulie Dlamini, Gallo Photographs
Former president Jacob Zuma has demanded that he be acquitted of arms deal corruption – with out ever dealing with trial – as a result of the State has “misplaced the constitutional legitimacy to current the proof towards me”.
Zuma was responding to arguments by lead prosecutor Billy Downer, who says the previous president’s efforts to hunt acquittal by a so-called “particular plea” course of are legally ludicrous.
This, Downer stated, is as a result of particular pleas are used to assault the “title” of an advocate to prosecute a case and, in any occasion, can solely consequence within the removing of the prosecutor.
There isn’t a authorized precedent for them ensuing within the acquittal of an accused particular person.
In papers filed on the KwaZulu-Natal Excessive Courtroom in Pietermaritzburg, Zuma is nevertheless adamant that the State’s alleged “lack of constitutional legitimacy” has essentially violated his honest trial rights – an obvious repetition of his failed arguments to safe a everlasting keep of his prosecution.
“I need to due to this fact be acquitted as a result of there is no such thing as a proof that the State might lawfully current in a courtroom for me to reply as a consequence of the State shedding title to prosecute,” Zuma says.
Based on Zuma, Downer’s lack of title is just not linked to his lawful delegation to prosecute the case towards him, however moderately his alleged lack of independence and impartiality.
He insists that Downer is “hell bent” on pursuing him for racketeering and corruption linked to South Africa’s multibillion rand arms deal.
Zuma stands accused of receiving over R4 million in bribes and advantages from his former monetary advisor Schabir Shaik, who was convicted of arranging a R500 000 a yr bribe for the then-deputy president from French arms firm Thales, in alternate for his “safety” from any potential investigation into the arms deal.
He has beforehand repeatedly claimed that his prosecution was fatally tainted by political interference and undue delay, however these allegations have been rejected by the courts.
This can be a growing story.
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