French arms company Thales — accused of bribing former president Jacob Zuma for his “political protection” from any potential investigation into the arms deal —  has criticised former prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams for being “hellbent” on charging it along with Zuma. On Tuesday, Thales asked the Pietermaritzburg high court to order that Abrahams’ decision “to [re]institute the criminal prosecution [of Thales] … is inconsistent with the constitution and invalid” and must be reviewed and set aside. It contends that Abrahams had no lawful power to reinstate the case against it and further wants the corruption case permanently stayed. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), however, argues that “Thales’ application for judicial review of Mr Abrahams’ decision to reinstitute the prosecution against it must fail because his decision was rational and lawful”. Thales contends the NPA is responsible for a decade-long delay in the case against it, because then acting NPA head Mokotedi ...

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