Former South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has failed in his legal bid to get a decision on whether or not he should face trial for corruption taken to the Supreme Court.
Reports say that Pietermaritzburg High Court dismissed Zuma’s leave to appeal on Friday.
Zuma is accused of receiving bribes from French arms manufacturer Thales through his former financial adviser Schabir Shaik, who was convicted of fraud and corruption in 2005.
Zuma denies charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering related to South Africa’s controversial 1999 arms deal.
He has alleged his case was prejudiced by lengthy delays in bringing the matter to trial. He also has alleged political interference.