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South Africa: Top courtroom upholds ex-president’s jail sentence


South Africa’s highest courtroom on Friday, denied an utility by former President Jacob Zuma to rescind his sentence of 15 months in jail for contempt of courtroom.

The Constitutional Court judgment upheld its earlier ruling that Mr. Zuma ought to go to jail for refusing to testify at a fee of inquiry into widespread corruption in authorities and at state-owned corporations whereas he was President of South Africa from 2009-2018.

Mr. Zuma was jailed in July however has since been granted medical parole for an undisclosed sickness. His launch has been questioned by opposition events who say process wasn’t adopted.

Friday’s judgment was learn out by Justice Sisi Khampepe on the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg. She stated it was a majority choice of 7-2 judges to uphold Mr. Zuma’s sentence. The judgment would not have an effect on his parole.

The 79-year-old former President argued his sentence was improper as a result of, amongst different issues, he had been jailed with out trial.

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