Publication: Cape Times Issued: Date: 2003-09-11 Reporter: Alide Dasnoise

Zuma may yet Have His Day in Court



Cape Times

Date 2003-09-11


Alide Dasnoise

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Paris - Deputy President Jacob Zuma may yet have his day in court.

A legal process that could provide the Scorpions with witnesses crucial to their case against Zuma has started in France.

The French government has appointed a senior magistrate to examine a request for help from the National Directorate of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) in South Africa.

The NDPP request is, among others, that Alain Thetard and Jean Paul Perrier of Thales, the French arms manufacturer that allegedly paid bribes to Zuma via a South African company, should testify in a South African court, as state witnesses against the deputy president.

The NDPP said recently that there was a prima facie case against Zuma, but decided not to charge him because of the lack of prospects of winning the case.

The Cape Times understands that this decision was taken because Thales executives would not testify.

It emerged here yesterday that the NDPP created problems for themselves by not following the proper channels required in country-to-country mutual legal assistance.

The examination of the request had been delayed because it had not gone through the usual channels.

The senior magistrate appointed to process the South African request is Edith Boisette, a financial specialist.

Thales has denied any involvement in corruption.

With acknowledgements to Alide Dasnoise and the Cape Times.