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Zuma Trial Arguments Conclude, Verdict Set for May 8


Lawyers representing South Africa's former deputy president who is accused of raping a family friend have wrapped up closing arguments.

The judge presiding over the high-profile Johannesburg trial said Tuesday he would deliver his verdict on live television on Monday.

In final arguments, defense lawyers continued to cast doubt on the testimony of Jacob Zuma's accuser, saying her behavior during and after the two had sex did not indicate that she was being forced against her will.

The 31-year-old HIV positive woman accuses Zuma of taking advantage of their close relationship and raping her when she stayed at his house.

The trial has brought new attention to high rates of both rape and HIV infection in South Africa.

The 64-year-old Zuma was once considered a strong contender to succeed President Thabo Mbeki, who fired him because of corruption-related accusations last year.

Zuma is due to stand trial on corruption charges in July.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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