South African Court Reserves Judgment on Delaying Zuma Arrest

South Africa’s High Court reserved judgment on former President Jacob Zuma’s application to remain out of custody while the Constitutional Court reviews his contempt conviction and 15-month sentence.

The Pietermaritzburg High Court will hand down its ruling on July 9 on whether to approve Zuma’s request to have his surrender or arrest put on hold, Judge Bhekisisa Mnguni said following a hearing on Tuesday.

The Constitutional Court last week found Zuma, 79, guilty of violating its order to testify before a judicial panel that’s probing graft during his nine-year rule and ordered him to surrender to the authorities by July 4 to begin serving his sentence. The top court’s review hearing is scheduled for July 12.

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