Corruption trial of fired South Africa Deputy President postponed until October

[JURIST] Former Deputy President of South Africa Jacob Zuma [ANC profile] was released on $150 bail Wednesday after prosecution lawyers asked for more time to prepare a corruption case against him and trial was postponed until October 2005. Bail was granted on condition that witnesses "not...be interfered with directly or indirectly". South Africa President Thabo Mbeki [BBC profile] fired Zuma [JURIST report] earlier this month, shortly after one of Zuma's advisors, South African businessman Schabir Shaik [Wikipedia profile] was found guilty [JURIST report] of corruption and fraud. Zuma, once believed to be a strong presidential candidate, was found to have had a "generally corrupt" relationship with Shaik according to the judge who convicted the businessman. BBC News has more.

 

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