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reading the countdown during walk down the road to tokyo, july 19 d. w. mm. ah, [000:00:00;00] excuse me. this is d w. use line from berlin and last minute, free from jail. former south african president jacob's duma persuades the supreme court to take another look at his prison sentence for corruptions. we'll hear more
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from zoom as hometown and devastating. wildfires tear through cypress dozens of houses and whole groves of ancient olive. trees are destroyed, ship radiated president, calls the worst disaster in decades. and america celebrates the 4th of july president joe barton, tackles the immigration crisis threatening to overwhelm the us next board. ah, ah, i'm next spicer. welcome to the program. south africa as former president, jacob's duma has avoided starting a jail term thanks to the supreme court. humor was sentenced to 15 months in prison for refusing to attend to corruption hearing. the court has agreed to hear his appeal later this month, one hundreds of supporters have gathered outside his home. room as 9 years in
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office were overshadowed by corruption allegation plead not guilty because human and data be corresponded. christie mooney is with supporters gathering at the home of jacob's human in rural south africa. well, where i am, if you didn't know any better, you would think that we're as a political randy. it is a celebrate tree atmosphere. here. you've got people dressed in the colors of the ruling a and see that is the policy of mr. duma. people dressed in the traditional hulu regalia. people are his supporters. this is his whole province where he does commodity a lot of support. you have had gunshots being fired into the people rallying and crowds, hearing around that. the people here believe that they are here to support and shows on the barrier to the man who is being persecuted in other households. the atmosphere might be a little bit more somber in the homes of south africans to feel that this is a man who has a lot to answer for. and he's refusal to present himself and answer questions to alleged corruption in his administration. and under his tenure is really
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a slap in the face of the law. so when the constitutional court or the supreme court handed down that ruling that he wasn't contempt of court and then went on to sentence him 15 months in prison. a lot of people felt that that was a victory for the rule of law in this country. there is the feeling that the political elite get away with anything that they are not how to a concert. a lot of people thought that this would be a turning point for this country that people would see this. somebody like mr. zoom a former president who has really been at the highest of what you can be in this country going to prison for being in content that the law was equal and applied equally to everybody. and so that is what a lot of people welcomed and that is certainly what a lot of people told me on the day that the who made that ruling. so that was the victory that this was used as now of course, things have sort of the winds have been taken out of the sale of the story and in a sense of are a lot of people because of course mr. zoom has been allowed to review his case, but this is what this means to people in
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a country right with corruption. that anybody who is seen to be corrupt would be held to a company. that's what the symbolized for


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