Former South African president Jacob Zuma will face trial on corruption charges after a court dismissed his application to halt the case for good.
Friday’s ruling means more scrutiny of a 1999 arms deal in which Zuma is accused of receiving bribes from French arms manufacturer Thales.
The charges were raised more than a decade ago but withdrawn, then reinstated after the national prosecuting authority announced there were sufficient grounds to bring Zuma to trial.
Zuma’s legal team has argued his case has been prejudiced by long delays and that there has been political interference in his prosecution.
Zuma can appeal against Friday’s ruling.