Zuma’s special plea dismissed, trial to start in April

Johannesburg – Judge Piet Koen dismisses former Jacob Zuma’s special plea to have state prosecutor Billy Downer recused.

The former president’s legal team claims Downer is biased.

Zuma faces some 16 counts of fraud, corruption, racketeering and money laundering in connection with the arms deal.

Judge Koen has ruled that the trial will start on 11 April 2022.

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