US News: South Africa: in parole, Jacob Zuma fights to avoid a return to prison

Côte d'Ivoire: Alassane Ouattara grants presidential pardon to his former rival Laurent Gbagbo

 Côte d'Ivoire: Alassane Ouattara grants presidential pardon to his former rival Laurent Gbagbo The former president was under the blow in Côte d'Ivoire of a conviction of 20 years in prison for the "robbery" of the BCEAO During the 2010-2011 © AFP crisis Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara (left) and Laurent Gbagbo, at the presidential palace in Abidjan on July 14, 2022. Appeal - the former president was under the blow in Ivory Coast of a conviction to 20 years in prison for the “robbery” of the BCEAO during the crisis of 2010-2011 Côte d'Ivoire takes a new step towards appeasement.

L'ancien président sud-africain Jacob Zuba, au tribunal de Pietermaritzburg, le 31 janvier 2022. © AP - Jerome Delay The former South African President Jacob Zuba, at the Court of Pietermaritzburg, January 31, 2022. Former South African president, sentenced in July 2021 to fifteen months in prison but released for medical reasons after only two months of incarceration, fights so as not to be returned to prison. Monday, August 15, Jacob Zuma asked the courts of the cancellation of a decision that claims his dismissal behind bars. According to lawyers from Jacob Zuma, his health requires care that cannot be given in prison. Monday, August 15, they therefore pleaded for its maintenance in parole. Their 80 -year -old client suffers "from a final and gradual condition," said Maribolla Mphahlele at the hearing on Bloemfontein.

M. Blinken begins his African tour with South Africa and Soweto

 M. Blinken begins his African tour with South Africa and Soweto © Andrew Harnik US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) deposits a crown of flowers at the Hector Pieters Museum in Soweto (South Africa), With Antoinette Sithole (right), sister of Mr. Pieterson, on August 7, 2022 US Secretary of State Antony Blinken began an African tour on Sunday by South Africa to try to bring the diplomacy of this western camp closer .

The former president, at the head of South Africa from 2009 to 2018, was imprisoned in July 2021, after being sentenced to

fifteen months in prison for the courts of court. He was accused of having refused - on multiple occasions - of testifying before a commission of inquiry into corruption under his presidency.

But Jacob Zuma was barely released two months later , for medical reasons, by the director of penitentiary services, suspected of being one of his relatives. Since then, justice has been trying to send him back behind bars so that he ends up serving his sentence. In December 2021, she had canceled parole

, believing that the head of the penitentiary services who had decided in this direction was not justified in doing so. After the hearing on Monday, the decision was deliberated. No date has been specified.

The conviction pronounced last year is however only a small file in the face of the multiple accusations which the former head of state is the subject. Jacob Zuma is notably prosecuted for corruption in the context of an armament contract with French industrialist Thalès in the 1990s. The trial of this case has just been postponed in October. (with AFP)

Ukraine believes that the accession referendum in Cherson announced by Moscow is still a long way off. .
The referendum in Cherson announced by Russia about a possible accession of the area, according to Serhi Chlan, MP in the region's regional council, is still far from being carried out. © provided by News 360 Archive - The Ukrainian President Wolodimir Zelenski distinguishes a soldier.

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