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South African Prosecutor Asks for Postponement in Zuma Corruption Trial

Prosecutors in Durban, South Africa have asked for a postponement in the corruption trial of former deputy President Jacob Zuma.

In a hearing early Tuesday state prosecutor Billy Downer asked the court to postpone the trial until November 1 to allow for further investigation. He also requested the trial be moved to the Durban High Court.

Mr. Zuma's attorney, Kessie Naidu responded to the requests by asking the court for a speedy trial.

South African President Thabo Mbeki fired his deputy in June after one of Mr. Zuma's friends and advisors, Shabir Shaik, was convicted of arranging a bribe for Mr. Zuma.

The former deputy president is charged connection with the bribe and prosecutors say more charges may be coming. Mr. Zuma has denied any wrongdoing.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.