Jacob Zuma sits in the dock at the High Court in Durban, South Africa. File photo/ AP
Former South African president Jacob Zuma has filed notice to appeal a court ruling that cleared the way for him to be prosecuted for corruption.
Zuma’s lawyers are arguing in Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday to be granted leave to appeal.
The court had dismissed his application to have the corruption case against him permanently halted.
Zuma has alleged his case was prejudiced by lengthy delays in bringing the matter to trial. He also has alleged political interference.
He denies charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering related to the country’s controversial 1999 arms deal.
Zuma is accused of receiving bribes from French arms manufacturer Thales through his former financial adviser Schabir Shaik, who was convicted of fraud and corruption in 2005.
Former South African president Jacob Zuma is due on Monday to testify at a judicial inquiry where he faces tough questioning over allegations that he oversaw systematic looting of state funds while in power.
South African former President Jacob Zuma will stand trial on corruption charges relating to a $2.5 billion arms deal after court denied him a permanent stay of prosecution on Friday.
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