Long legal road to trial

l November 2000 - State starts investigations into allegations of arms deal corruption.

l November 2000 - State starts investigations into allegations of arms deal corruption.

l August 23 2003: National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Bulelani Nqcuka announces decision to prosecute Jacob Zuma's financial advisor Schabir Shaik.

l October 2004 to June 2005: Shaik found guilty and jailed. Court rules Shaik negotiated a bribe from French arms manufacturer Thint for Zuma.·

·l June 14 2005: Zuma dismissed as deputy president by President Thabo Mbeki.

·l June 20 2005: NDPP Vusi Pikoli decides to prosecute Zuma.

l June 29 2005: Zuma appears in Durban magistrate's court.

·l August 18 2005: Scorpions seize 93000 documents in home and office raids.

l November 4 2005: Thint charged with Zuma.

l November 12 2005: A provisional indictment served on Zuma and case transferred to Pietermaritzburg high court.

l July 31 2006: Zuma and Thint managing director Pierre Moynot appear in court. Case postponed.

l September 6 and 7 2006: Defence teams oppose state's application for postponement.

l September 20 2006: Case struck off the roll.

l December 27 2007: Acting NDPP Mokotedi Mpshe reinstitutes prosecution against Zuma, Moynot and Thint.

l December 28 2007: New indictment served on Zuma and co-accused.

l June 23 2008: Zuma files papers to have his prosecution declared invalid and unconstitutional.

l July 11 2008: NPA applies to strike out Zuma's claims of a political conspiracy to prevent him becoming president.

·l July 21 2008: Counter application that Zuma had always claimed to be the victim of "ulterior political motives" and has the right to say so.

l July 31 2008: Constitutional Court rules by 10-to-one majority that raids and proceedings to obtain 14 documents in Mauritius legal.

l August 4 2008: Zuma and Moynot in court.