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Shaik spends 'precious' time with family

By unknown | Nov 03, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mary Papayya

Mary Papayya

Convicted Durban businessman Schabir Shaik is spending "precious" time with his wife and new-born son while his appeal court judgment draws closer.

Shaik, who is out on R100000 bail, will know on Monday if he has been successful in appealing against his conviction and sentencing on two charges of corruption and one of fraud.

Speaking to Sowetan yesterday, Shaik said he drew strength from the encouragement he has received from his family, friends and strangers.

"It is very difficult to make an intelligent decision about my future plans pending the judgment. My main concern is my wife and our newborn son. I am spending as much time with them as possible. My faith lies with my Creator and that gives me the strength to go on," he said.

In September Shaik appealed against his conviction and 15-year sentence on a corruption charge.

He also applied for leave to appeal against a second 15-year sentence for his "generally corrupt relationship" with former deputy president Jacob Zuma.

Legal expert Robin Palmer is of the opinion that if the judges uphold the charges pertaining to Shaik's corrupt relationship with Zuma, it will strengthen the prosecution in the Zuma corruption trail.


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