Johannesburg, South Africa:
South Africa’s former president, Jacob Zuma, who was jailed in July for contempt of court after dismissing graft researchers, was given medical parole on Sunday, prison authorities announced.
Zuma has been hospitalized in a health center outside the prison since August 6 for ignoring a court order to testify before a judicial panel investigating corruption during his nine-year tenure, which lasted until 2018.
“The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) can confirm that Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma has been released on parole,” the statement said.
The parole will start on Sunday and he will serve the remainder of the 15-month sentence outside of prison.
“The placement of medical parole for Mr. Zuma means that he will complete the remainder of the sentence in the community corrections system, which will require him to meet specific conditions and be supervised until his sentence expires,” it said.
The decision to grant him parole was forced “by a medical report” the department received, it said.
The 79-year-old was hospitalized for observation on August 6 for an unknown condition and underwent surgery on August 14.
He remains in the hospital.
His long-running corruption case over an arms deal spanning more than two decades was postponed to September 9 last month pending a medical report on his suitability to stand trial.
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