South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma to be charged with corruption

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In a severe legal blow, South Africa’s former president, Jacob Zuma, would be charged with corruption, national prosecutors announced on Friday.

The prosecutors said they would reinstate corruption charges against Mr. Zuma, who resigned just weeks ago, in a case related to a multibillion-dollar arms deal in the late 1990s.

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Shaun Abrahams, South Africa’s chief prosecutor, said “after consideration of the matter, I am of the view that there are reasonable prospects of successful prosecution of Mr Zuma on the charges listed in the indictment.”

Mr. Zuma had denied all the allegations against him, he added.

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