South Africa: Court Rejects Zuma's Bid To Overturn Jail Sentence

South Africa's top court on Friday dismissed a bid by former president Jacob Zuma to overturn his 15-month jail sentence
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JOHANNESBURG, Sept 17 (Reuters) - South Africa's top court on Friday dismissed a bid by former president Jacob Zuma to overturn his 15-month jail sentence for contempt of court after he ignored instructions to participate in a corruption inquiry.

The jail sentence came in June after Zuma failed to testify at an inquiry into graft during his nine-year rule, in a case widely viewed as test of post-apartheid South Africa's ability to enforce rule of law, particularly against the powerful.

Zuma, recuperating in hospital after surgery for an undisclosed illness, asked the court in July to revoke its sentence for contempt, arguing it was excessive and that jail would endanger his health and life.

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