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The former president's medical parole has taken another turn as his corruption prosecution heats up.

FILE: Former president Jacob <a class=Zuma outside the High Court in Pietermaritzburg addressing supporters on 20 May 2019. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN"/>As the corruption trial in Pietermaritzburg High Court begins on Tuesday, questions about Jacob Zuma's medical parole documents have arisen.

Commissioner of Correctional Services Arthur Fraser was also present in court after Zuma's medical parole documents had been subpoenaed.

Fraser granted medical parole to Zuma after he overturned the medical parole advisory board's original recommendation that he should not be freed.

With his corruption trial heating up, the former president's medical parole has taken on a life of its own.

Zuma is in court today for a special plea application that would have prosecutor Billy Downer removed from the case.

Downer's lawyer, Wim Trengove, wants to see Zuma's medical records.

When asked why he hadn't been in court, he said the ex-statesmen hadn't provided any justification.

Attorney Dali Mpofu has argued in opposition, claiming the documents had no bearing on Tuesday's hearings.

"If it's about parole, then it's utterly irrelevant and harmful to the process."

However, Judge Piet Koen ruled that Zuma's absence was due to his deteriorating health, making his medical records relevant to the proceedings.

It is a live matter before you, and we ask that the evidence be placed in your possession since it is a live problem and our physicians would want to examine it in order to assess our position."

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