Jacob Zuma Loses Court Plea to Remove Prosecutor

Jacob Zuma has tasted defeat in the courtroom once more on Tuesday, after his ‘baseless’ bid to expel a state lawyer was dismissed instantly

Jacob Zuma and his legal team failed in their plea to have State Prosecutor Billy Downer recused from the arms deal corruption case. Msholozi had argued that the veteran advocate was biased against him, and accused Downer of leaking his medical records but the Pietermaritzburg High Court did not agree.

The case was dismissed rapidly on Tuesday, as Judge Piet Koen explained that most of Zuma’s argument was based on ‘hearsay, rather than facts’. It marks another defeat in court for Jacob Zuma and his attempts to delay the procession of his corruption trial.

Your Friends Also Read:  African Development Bank Launch Program to Support Women Farmers in Côte d’Ivoire

Koen says Zuma’s complaint does not affect Downer’s title to prosecute. According to him, “Zuma failed to show that Downer lacks title to prosecute him,”Zuma‘s special plea has been dismissed, his trial must go ahead

The arms deal case will now be heard in the PMB High Court at a later date, some four years after initial hearings began. Zuma, so often a master at delaying his own legal engagements, may have finally run out of road here.

Lawyers representing the 79-year-old are likely to mount a challenge against the decision, and may decide to test the resolve of the Supreme Court of Appeals (SCA) in Bloemfontein. However, the chances of getting Judge Koen’s verdict overruled are slim, and although it could cause another trial delay, it probably won’t get Jacob Zuma off the hook.

Your Friends Also Read:  Nigeria Stock Exchange Gains N46bn on Blue Chip Firms

Currently, the state and the defence are discussing appropriate dates to determine when the trial can go ahead. Judge Koen also revealed it was him, and not Billy Downer, who asked for a state-appointed medical examination to be carried out on the former president, essentially obliterating Zuma’s main argument.

All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from News Central TV.

Contact: digital@newscentral.ng


Leave a Reply

Previous Article

African Union to Purchase About 110 million Moderna Vaccines

Next Article

FG Spends N123.7bn as Petrol Subsidy in September

Related Posts
Earthquake: Death Toll in Turkey And Syria Rises Above 4,000 (News Central TV)
Read More

Earthquake: Death Toll in Turkey And Syria Rises Above 4,000

Authorities fear that the death toll from Monday’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake, followed by a magnitude 7.6 earthquake and several aftershocks, will rise further as rescuers search for survivors among tangles of metal and concrete spread across a region already suffering from Syria’s 12-year civil war and a refugee crisis. Rescuers worked through the night and into Tuesday morning, hoping to find more survivors among the rubble while those trapped cried out for aid from beneath mountains of debris. According to Yunus Sezer, the chairman of Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), the death toll in Turkey is 2,921, with 15,834 people injured. According to the Ministry of Health and the rescue organisation White Helmets, on Monday evening,…