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Shaik sentenced to 15 years in prison

Special feature by Steven Lang

Schabir Shaik on trial - links

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Shaik shepherded by God
"My life has taken a particular turn by God's plan" said Schabir Shaik, convicted businessman, outside the Durban High Court. This came minutes after Judge Hillary Squires sentenced Shaik to a cumulative 15 years in jail.. - More

Shaik gets 15 years behind bars, companies fined

The Durban High Court sentenced businessman Schabir Shaik today to an effective 15 years in jail and a number of his companies to an array of fines for fraud and corruption. - More


Schabir Shaik shortly after he was sentenced to 15 years in prison ....more pictures

Shaik's appeal to be heard on July 26

The Durban High Court will reconvene on 26 July to hear an application by Schabir Shaik's legal team for leave to appeal against his 15-year prison term for fraud and corruption. - More


Ngcuka refuses to comment on Shaik

Bulelani Ngcuka, the former head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), today refused to comment on the guilty verdict passed on Schabir Shaik, Durban businessman. "I am following the advice of my mother-in-law," said Ngcuka, saying she had told him to keep control of his mouth. "I will not comment on the case," he told an Institute of Directors lunch in Johannesburg. - More


Recent articles on judgement in Schabir Shaik trial:
  • Alliance meeting on Zuma (08/06/2005 13:00)
    Three senior tripartite alliance members would meet in Johannesburg today to discuss among other things the issue of Jacob Zuma, the deputy president, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said.
  • Reporters gather ahead of Shaik sentencing (08/06/2005 13:00)
    International and local reporters have started gathering outside the Durban High Court where businessman Schabir Shaik will be sentenced in just over an hour.
  • Shaik to be sentenced at 2.15pm (08/06/2005 11:00)
    Sentence will be passed on Schabir Shaik today at 2.15pm. Reeves Parsee, Shaik's attorney, confirmed the marathon trial at the Durban High Court will come to an end today. The Shaik camp will, however, consider appealing the conviction and sentence.
  • Zuma gets boost from Mandela: newspaper website (08/06/2005 08:30)
    Nelson Mandela, the former South African president, is leading a last-ditch attempt to save Jacob Zuma, the deputy president, the Business Day website reported today.
  • DA blasts ANCYL, Cosatu for criticising Squires (07/06/2005 19:00)
    The Democratic Alliance (DA) has lambasted the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), Young Communist League and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) for criticising Hillary Squires for the judgment he made against Schabir Shaik.
  • State calls for heavy sentence for Shaik (07/06/2005 12:45)
    Billy Downer, the state prosecutor in the Schabir Shaik trial, has called for a minimum sentence of 15 years for each of the three counts against Durban businessman Shabir Shaik.
  • Shaik's attorney highlights his role in struggle (07/06/2005 10:00)
    Schabir Shaik's lawyer has highlighted Shaik's contribution to the ANC's apartheid struggle as an argument for mitigation of sentence.
  • Shaik sentencing to resume today (07/06/2005 06:30)
    Sentencing proceedings will continue in the Schabir Shaik fraud and corruption trial in the Durban High Court today. The court last week found Shaik guilty of two charges of corruption and one of fraud.
  • Race-based attack on Squires unwarranted: SAHRC (06/06/2005 17:15)
    Race-based criticism of Judge Hilary Squires at the weekend was not warranted, the SA Human Rights Commission said today.
  • AFU gets green light to seize Shaik's assets (03/06/2005 18:30)
    The Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) of the National Prosecutions Authority (NPA) has been granted a restraint order to seize assets worth more than R20 million belonging to Schabir Shaik, a Durban businessman. The Durban High Court yesterday convicted Shaik on three counts of fraud and corruption.
  • ANC calls for law to be respected (03/06/2005 15:30)
    The ANC has called on South Africans to demonstrate a respect for the principles of justice following the conviction of Schabir Shaik, Jacob Zuma's financial advisor.

Earlier articles on SABCnews.com

Key Dates:

Start date of Trial: October 11, 2004
Hearing and Judgement on Media: Oct 12
Charges put to Defence: Oct 13
Second Media Hearing: Nov 1
Court adjourns: Dec 10,  2004

Hearings resume: Jan 31,  2005
Judge decides on admissibility of seven documents: Feb 17

Shaik Defence closes case: April 7

State finishes final arguments: April 28

Trial ends: May 4

Judgement begins: May 31

Shaik guilty: June 2

Shaik sentenced: June 8


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