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Zakara is a supporting antagonist in the 2005 comedy-adventure film Sahara, based on the 1992 novel of the same name. He is a cruel mercenary who serves the right-hand man of Yves Massarde and is in league with the Malian dictator Zateb Kazim.

He was portrayed by Maurice Lee.

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Zakara was first seen spying on Eva Rojas (a doctor working for the World Health Organization) investigating a disease spreading across Mali. To that end, he gets two thugs to help him capture her, though this was averted by the arriving treasure hunter Dirk Pitt, who finishes off the two thugs to their deaths. This forces an uneasy Zakara to escape while stealing away Eva's bag containing her report.

It is later revealed that Zakara was assigned by Massarde to spy on Eva and her team because Massarde has built a solar detoxification plant that dumps toxins into an underground river connecting to the Niger River, which is causing the disease in the first place. After arriving to the plant with Dirk and his friend Al Giordino, Eva soon learns of a horrible revelation: Kazim has been allowing Massarde to dump the toxins into the underground river in exchange for profit, and the contamination would reach the Atlantic Ocean within a week if not stopped, which would result a worldwide case of marine pollution.

However, Massarde lays out a trap on the trio, having Zakara to knock out Dirk and Al while keeping Eva as his prisoner. Massarde then attempts to deliver both Dirk and Al to Kazim, but the two escaped confinement, forcing an annoyed Kazim to gather his troops and search around the desert. Kazim also orders Massarde and Zakara to shut down the plant by destroying it with explosives, which would make it impossible to stop the contamination from spreading out. Eventually, Dirk and Al allied themselves with Modibo to break into the plant and free the captured men. After letting Modibo and his men escape, Al steals away the explosives while Dirk engages into a fight with Zakara on the top of the plant's tower after saving Eva. As Massarde escapes on a helicopter, Dirk manages to kick Zakara off the tower, leaving him to fall to his death crashing on one of the plant's mirrors.

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