Zuma plea dismissal is ‘fruit from poisoned tree’

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Zuma plea dismissal is ‘fruit from poisoned tree’

Judge warns ex-president he’ll have to face a state-appointed doctor if his health becomes an issue again

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Former president Jacob Zuma has been warned that if his medical condition becomes an issue again during his corruption trial, he will have to submit to a medical examination by doctors of the state’s choosing.

Pietermaritzburg high court judge Piet Koen, ordered on Tuesday that the trial must now proceed in April next year on its merits.

This is after he dismissed Zuma’s attempt in a “special plea” in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act to have lead prosecutor Billy Downer removed from the case, alleging bias...

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