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SA faults UAE’s failure to cooperate on graft fight

‘We have to date not experienced the level of appreciation and cooperation’ from the UAE, Lamola said.
Ronald Lamola. Image: Bloomberg

South Africa’s government criticised the United Arab Emirates for failing to cooperate with its requests for assistance in bringing to justice people suspected of being involved in corruption.

The two nations have finalised and ratified extradition and mutual legal assistance treaties that may signal a change of course by the UAE authorities, Justice Minister Ronald Lamola said Friday in an online briefing.

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“We have to date not experienced the level of appreciation and cooperation” from the UAE, Lamola said in a statement. “We will continue to pursue our counterparts through diplomatic channels, in order to reach the desired levels of cooperation to enable our law enforcement agencies to bring to justice persons of interest on any investigation they are pursuing.”

South Africa asked the UAE three years ago for assistance in gathering financial evidence related to the Gupta family, who’ve been accused by the authorities of using their links with former President Jacob Zuma to secure deals to loot state-owned companies. President Cyril Ramaphosa has estimated that more than R500 billion ($37 billion) was stolen from the state during Zuma’s rule.

The Guptas, some of whom reside in the emirate of Dubai, deny any wrongdoing. Zuma has also denied any wrongdoing.

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The UAE want to keep the Money in the country or they are protecting some very rich people.

One of the few countries in the world where you can walk with bags of Gold, Dollars or Euros and they do not ask questions.

How is that in the 21st Century.

Why do the USA and EU support them?

It’s not up to the US and EU. It comes down to what the Saudis allow on their doorstep. Believe that.

I have been thinking about this after the lady with the travel bag containing 6Kg of Gold of to Dubai from Zimbabwe (caught in Zimbabwe).

She very apparently got confused and thought she was carrying the bag with the jeans instead the Gold.

Dubai seems to be a haven for dodgy people.

It’s essentially a brothel for Saudi pigs.

If Dubai cooperates than other criminals from South Africa and the rest of the world will not invest their stolen and ill gotten wealth there and they could experience a flight in capital.
Dubai is a haven for the worlds criminals and the US and EU need to deal with it.

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