A magistrate acquitted former Zambian President Frederick Chiluba of corruption charges Aug. 17 after a six-year trial in a ruling that overjoyed his supporters but frustrated clean-government campaigners in Africa. Chiluba, 63, was accused of diverting nearly USD 500,000 of state money into accounts to pay for an extravagant lifestyle when he served as Zambia's first democratically elected leader from 1991 to 2001. The judge ruled that the funds could not be traced to government coffers. Two co-defendants, former executives of a financial services company, were found guilty of receiving stolen money from the Zambian intelligence services and sentenced to five years in jail. (AP)

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