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    South Africa's Zuma Challenges Court Ruling to Re-Visit Corruption Charges

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    South African President Jacob Zuma has appealed a High Court ruling that the 2009 dismissal of corruption charges against him was irrational.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — South African President Jacob Zuma has appealed against a High Court ruling which held that the 2009 decision to dismiss corruption charges against him was irrational.

    In late April, the High Court of South Africa ordered a review of the 2009 decision to dismiss corruption charges against President Zuma. Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba said that Zuma should face the charges, a decision backed by the Democratic Alliance, South Africa's opposition party.

    "The court erred as a matter of law in matters including the interpretation and application of the case law relating to rationality as a ground for a legality challenge, and in holding that the National Director of Public Prosecutions is not entitled to terminate a prosecution on the basis of prosecutorial misconduct and the abuse of the prosecutorial process," the president's office said in a press statement on Monday, referring to the decision made by National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Mokotedi Mpshe.

    The High Court had also failed to properly evaluate evidence given by the president and Mpshe, and wrongfully decided that Mpshe's actions were impulsive and taken while under pressure, the statement added.

    Zuma faced 783 corruption charges related to a government arms deal dating back to late 1990s. However, in 2009, Mpshe dropped the indictment because of phone intercepts presented by Zuma's legal team that were viewed as political interference in the case.


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