South Africa’s ex-leader Zuma charged with corruption

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South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma has been charged with corruption over an arms deal going back to the 1990s.

Local media said Mr. Zuma, 75, spent about 15-minutes at the High Court in Durban on Friday morning before his case was adjourned to June 8. He faces 16 counts of corruption, racketeering, fraud and money laundering.

Case against Jacob Zuma: He is accused of accepting bribes from French arms firm Thales via his financial adviser at the time. The adviser, Schabir Shaikh, was found guilty of trying to solicit the bribes and was jailed in 2005.The case against Mr Zuma was dropped shortly before he ran for president in 2009.

Mr Zuma and his legal team insist the charges are trumped up and politically motivated.

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