South Africa’s plans to apply for Guptas’ extradition ‘on track’

Following the brothers’ arrest in Dubai.
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South Africa is on track to finalize the extradition application to bring Rajesh and Atul Gupta back from Dubai to face charges including money laundering and fraud, the National Prosecuting Authority said in a statement on Wednesday.

The brothers were arrested in Dubai at the beginning of June and the extradition treaty with the United Arab Emirates gives South Africa 60 days to submit a formal extradition application. The NPA is working with the UAE and Interpol and “acting in full compliance with domestic and international legal obligations relating to extradition,” it said.

The Gupta’s and their allies have been linked to the plunder of funds from state power utility Eskom and freight rail and ports operator Transnet during former President Jacob Zuma’s tenure. The current charges relate to dealings in the central Free State province.

Both Zuma and the Guptas have denied wrongdoing.

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