South African court orders ex-president back to jail

Former President of South Africa Jacob Zuma

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# 15 December 2021 13:27 (UTC +04:00)

A South African court has ruled that the country's former President Jacob Zuma should be returned to prison, saying his medical parole was "unlawful", APA reports citing BBC.

The time he has spent out of prison should not be counted in his 15-month sentence, the Pretoria court ruled.

Mr Zuma was released on 5 September for an undisclosed medical condition.

He had been jailed for failing to attend an inquiry into corruption during his presidency.

The 79-year-old handed himself in to police in July after a public stand-off, but his jailing, unprecedented for an ex-president, sparked violent protests and looting.