Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Schabir Shaik

  • October 2004: Schabir Shaik's fraud and corruption trial begins in Durban.
  • June 2005: Judge Hillary Squires sentences Shaik to 15 years on each count of corruption and three years for fraud. The sentences were to run concurrently. He was accused of paying Jacob Zuma R1.2-million in bribes from one of his companies and also of facilitating a R500000-a-year payment to Zuma from French arms trading company Thint Holdings to deflect corruption investigations.
  • November 2006: Shaik starts serving his sentence, but is admitted to a private hospital 16 days later.
  • March 2009: Shaik is freed on medical parole with doctors describing him as "terminally ill".
  • August 2009: The DA calls for his parole to be revoked after he was caught driving around town.
  • October 2009: The presidency confirms that Shaik has applied for a presidential pardon in the same month that reports surfaced that he was playing golf. The Department of Correctional Services said that it could not act on a mere "allegation" and that Shaik was allowed "free time".

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