A judge in South Africa on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for South Africa’s former president, Jacob Zuma, for failing to appear in court where he is facing corruption charges. A report by South African Broadcasting Corporation says the warrant was issued after the National Prosecuting Authority requested it.
Zuma who claims to be sick, is in Cuba, but no details have been given about the state of his health.
Zuma is accused of multiple counts of fraud, racketeering and money laundering related to a controversial 1999 multi-billion dollar arms deal. The former president was formally charged in April 2018 barely two months after his own party, the ruling African National Congress forced him to resign office.
Zuma is accused of receiving questionable payments related to the deal but has always affirmed his innocence in the case.