Graft charges against South African leader Jacob Zuma lifted

April 6th, 2009 - 5:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Johannesburg, April 6 (DPA) Prosecutors in South Africa announced Monday that they were withdrawing corruption charges against ruling African National Congress leader, Jacob Zuma, clearing the way for him to take power next month without the spectre of a trial.
The National Prosecuting Authority took the decision after weeks of consultations with Zuma’s lawyers, who claimed that the case, which related to a 1990s state arms deal, was an attempt by ex-president Thabo Mbeki to bury Zuma politically.

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