Delay sought in Zuma corruption trial

[JURIST] Prosecutors in the corruption trial of former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma [ANC profile] asked a magistrate Tuesday to postpone the trial until Nov. 1 to allow for further investigation for possible additional charges. The prosecution also requested the case be moved to the High Court, but Zuma's lawyers argued [SAPA report] that the case could not be moved until a final indictment is issued. Zuma was dismissed [JURIST report] as the deputy president of President Thabo Mbeki [BBC profile] in June after a judge found there was evidence of a corrupt relationship between Zuma and his former financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, already sentenced to 15 years [JURIST report] in jail for bribery and fraud. The case has caused a rift in the African National Congress and has thrown the question of Mbeki's successor as president into confusion. AP has more.

 

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