An appeals court in South Africa on Tuesday again deferred a corruption trial against former president Jacob Zuma after his hospitalization last week.
Zima, who was jailed last month on a separate contempt of court charge, was expected to appear in court Tuesday in a $2 billion arms deal corruption case that led to his sacking as South Africa’s deputy president in 2005.
After failing to attend an inquiry into corruption during his time as president, Zuma, 79, is currently serving a 15-month sentence in Estcourt prison, located in his home province. On Friday, he was taken to a hospital for observation
Zuma’s lawyers were granted a postponement and ordered to submit a medical report by Aug. 20, and for the state to appoint a physician to assess whether Zuma could stand trial.
Zuma is accused of corruption, money laundering, and tax evasion in connection with an arms deal from the 1990s with French company Thales (TCFP.PA).
He pleaded not guilty to the charges in May. Thales has also denied any wrongdoing.