South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma must face charges of corruption, fraud, racketeering and money laundering, the Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled.

It agreed with a lower court ruling last year that prosecutors could bring back 783 counts of corruption relating to a 1999 arms deal.

The charges had been set aside eight years ago, enabling Mr. Zuma to become president.

He has always maintained his innocence.

According to BBC News, Mr. Zuma’s office said in a statement that the ruling was “disappointing”, but anticipated.

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