A momentous development has been reported by the Ministry of Justice on Monday evening, after two Gupta brothers were arrested in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Rajesh and Atul have been detained by law enforcement agencies overseas – but there’s no sign of Ajay Gupta.
Gupta brothers arrested in UAE – latest news and updates
Last year, South Africa and the UAE officially ratified their extradition treaty – meaning that wanted criminals could be deported back to each country, if they were residing in the other one. The Gupta brothers have been fugitives of the law in Mzansi since 2018.
The Indian billionaires escaped to Dubai shortly after arrest warrants were issued against them, and they remained there for four years. An extradition process can be a long and painful one, but SA and the UAE got to work almost immediately on hammering out the paperwork.
Although it took a few years to get to this point, the slow wheels of justice kept turning – and on Monday, they rolled-up at the Guptas’ respective boltholes. The Justice Department has since confirmed that discussions about the next steps are ongoing:
Media Statement : Ministry of Justice confirms Gupta arrest pic.twitter.com/jkNc3fkirN— Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services (@Min_JCS) June 6, 2022
Where is Ajay Gupta?
Back in 2019, The NPA have made the controversial decision to drop the arrest warrant that was issued for Ajay Gupta. He has been living alongside his brothers in Dubai for the last 52 months, for those counting…
The Indian billionaire was accused of offering Mcebisi Jonas a R600 million bribe to take the role of finance minister a few years ago, in exchange for looking favourably upon the family when it came to securing government tenders and operating the country from behind the shadows.
Alas, questions have since been raised about this particular testimony in the State Capture Inquiry, and the state’s case against Ajay Gupta doesn’t appear to hold the same weight as the arguments lined up for Atul and Rajesh – whose arrest warrants were still in place on Monday 6 June.
Though prosecuting authorities in South Africa remain interested in Ajay, arresting him at this point remains a more difficult task.