South Africa’s High Court Orders Jacob Zuma’s Return to Jail

Former President Jacob Zuma has been ordered back to jail by South Africa’s High Court after setting aside the decision to release him on medical parole.

A court judgement disclosed this on Wednesday.

The 79-year old began medical parole in September and is serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court. Zuma handed himself in on July 7 to begin his prison sentence.

Zuma, who was president from 2009 until he was forced out in 2018 amid multiple graft scandals, pleaded not guilty to corruption, racketeering, fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering at Pietermaritzburg High Court.

Among the charges, Zuma is accused of taking bribes from French company Thales to ensure that South Africa signed a multi-billion dollar arms deal with the company in 1999. Zuma was deputy president of South Africa from 1999 until 2005 when he was fired from that role amid allegations of corruption.

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