South African court orders review of decision to drop corruption charges against Jacob Zuma



    South African court orders review of decision to drop corruption charges against Jacob Zuma

    April 29, Cape Town:  High Court in South Africa has ruled that a decision to drop the corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma should be reviewed.

    All the 783 charges were dropped just weeks before the 2009 election which led to Zuma becoming president.

    Judge Aubrey Ledwaba said the decision by the chief state prosecutor at the time, Mokotedi Mpshe, was "irrational".

    The case, brought by the opposition Democratic Alliance, opens the way for prosecutors to reinstate the charges.

    Zuma always denied the allegations which are linked to a government arms deal in 1999 worth billions of dollars, news report said.

    Last week, a judge-led commission of inquiry found no evidence of corruption or fraud by any government officials at the time.

    The authority said new phone-tap evidence suggested political interference in the investigation.

    South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) said the High Court's ruling did not infer any culpability in any crime or offence by the president.

    NPA said in a statement that "The ANC has consistently supported the legal maxim that justice delayed is justice denied. This matter has dragged on for close to a decade and the ANC is pleased therefore that it now appears closer to resolution, seven years since the NPA decision."

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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