'Foreign spies may have interfered in my prosecution’: Inside Zuma’s latest bid to stop his trial

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Jacob Zuma at Pietermaritzburg High Court on 17 May.
Jacob Zuma at Pietermaritzburg High Court on 17 May.
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Former president Jacob Zuma, who has previously testified that international and apartheid spies had repeatedly tried to kill him, is now claiming that "foreign intelligence agencies" may have interfered in his corruption prosecution.

In his "special plea" challenging the right of prosecutor Billy Downer to try him for Arms Deal-related corruption and racketeering, Zuma claimed he had "come across information" that former Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy was an operative for America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and was handled by an agent called Andre Pienaar.

He said Pienaar, who he said was code-named Luciano, was responsible for getting McCarthy his job at the World Bank.

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