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JUST IN: Zuma corruption case: Thales wants to quash charges

French arms company, Thales, which has been charged along with former president Jacob Zuma in his corruption case, is seeking a permanent stay of prosecution to have the charges against it reviewed and set aside.

Thales lodged the application with the Kwazulu-Natal High Court in Durban.

"Thales submits that a permanent stay of prosecution against it constitutes just and equitable constitutional relief in the circumstances," according to court papers. 

"In this application Thales' casue of action is the violation of its right to a fair trial on the basis of bith its right to have any trial against it begun and concluded without unreasonable delay and its right to adduce and challenge evidence," reads the application.

This comes after lawyers for both the company and Zuma told the Kwazulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg in July that they were preparing applications for a permanent stay of prosecution.

The case involves 783 questionable payments Zuma allegedly received from the company in connection with the arms deal.

In 1997, Thales won a R2.6bn stake in South Africa's R60bn arms acquisition programme to supply combat systems for four frigates procured by the navy.

News24 reported earlier that Thales said that it did not believe it had a chance of a fair trial in South Africa.

The National Prosecuting Authority previously turned down representations by the arms company to withdraw charges against it.

"We believe there are reasonable prospects of [a] successful prosecution," NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku told News24 at the time.



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