South African authorities transfer extradition request for the Gupta brothers

The South African authorities have filed an extradition request against the Gupta brothers of Indian origin with the competent authorities of the United Arab Emirates on Monday.

Atul Kumar Gupta and Rajesh Gupta, who are facing corruption charges in South Africa, fled to the United Arab Emirates along with their brother Ajay Gupta, where they were both arrested. Now the South African authorities have requested his extradition.

“Today a formal extradition request was submitted to the UAE Central Authority. This is within the 60-day period from the date of the Gupta brothers’ arrest, as set out in the extradition treaty between South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.

“The request, submitted in both English and Arabic, addresses the general requirements for extradition which, if met, would allow extradition to be granted under the existing extradition treaty or the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC ), or both, reads a letter issued by Mthunzi Mhaga, a spokesman for the National Tax Authority (NPA) in South Africa.

He said a multidisciplinary team within the NPA oversaw the legal aspect of the process and worked in a focused and well-coordinated manner with the Director General’s office at the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, designated as the central authority (CA) for extradition proceedings. to prepare and finalize the application.

This work included consultations with legal advisors and meetings with his counterparts in the United Arab Emirates to ensure that the extradition request complied with all the requirements of the bilateral treaty.

“The filing of the formal request for the arrest and extradition of the Gupta brothers is an important milestone in the NPA’s commitment to holding perpetrators accountable and upholding the rule of law. It reaffirms our determination to be the people’s advocates and seek justice.” collective justice for our country.

“As this process unfolds and the extradition request is heard in the UAE courts, the NPA will continue to work with and support its counterparts in the UAE to ensure that the Gupta brothers are extradited to face justice in South Africa. process could take several months, as NPA we will continue with our commitment to generate impact,” said the NPA spokesperson.

What is the case?

The Gupta brothers were arrested in the United Arab Emirates in June. They face corruption charges in South Africa for allegedly using their ties to former President Jacob Zuma for their own gain. A judicial investigation into the matter was launched in 2018. Shortly after, the Gupta brothers fled South Africa along with their other brother, Ajay Gupta, to the United Arab Emirates.

The Gupta brothers, who are originally from UP’s Saharanpur, had been running a computer business in South Africa since 1997. The company had a total turnover of around Rs 97 crore. Initially his company name was Correct Marketing, which was later changed to Sahara Computer and Sahara System Private limited. In 2016, they became the seventh richest person in South Africa. His net worth had reached 10.7 billion rupees.

–IANS

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