Factbox: Zuma joins small club of African leaders in the dock

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Former South African president Jacob Zuma goes on trial on Friday for alleged corruption and fraud in a large government arms deal in the late 1990s, charges denied by the 75-year-old who was ousted by his party in February.

FILE PHOTO: South African President Jacob Zuma listens at a news conference in Cape Town, South Africa, June 14, 2005. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/Files/File Photo

The trial is a rarity on the African continent, where political leaders – particularly heads of state – are seldom called to account for alleged wrongdoing.

Below are some African leaders who have ended up in the dock:


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