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South Africa says UAE arrests Gupta brothers, wanted on corruption charges

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Former South African President Jacob Zuma speaks together with his authorized counsel in court docket throughout his corruption trial in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, October 26, 2021. Jerome Delay/Pool through REUTERS

June 7 (Reuters) – South Africa stated on Monday the United Arab Emirates had arrested Rajesh Gupta and Atul Gupta, brothers who face costs of political corruption below former South African president Jacob Zuma.

Confirming South Africa’s assertion on Tuesday, Dubai police stated on Twitter that it had coordinated with South African authorities “relating to the extradition file to finish the authorized procedures”. Learn full story

South Africa’s Ministry of Justice and Correctional Companies stated on Monday there have been discussions between numerous legislation enforcement companies within the UAE and South Africa “on the best way ahead”. The 2 nations agreed an extradition treaty final 12 months.

The brothers are accused of utilizing connections with Zuma, who dominated from 2009 to 2018, to win contracts, misappropriate state property, affect cupboard appointments and siphon off state funds. Zuma and the Guptas deny any wrongdoing.

The Indian-born brothers left South Africa after Zuma was ousted in 2018. An inquiry was established in 2018 to look at allegations of graft throughout Zuma’s years in energy. Learn full storyRead full story

The UAE ratified an extradition treaty with South Africa in April 2021, a transfer that South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s authorities hoped would result in the return of the Guptas to face costs. Learn full story

South Africa’s largest opposition celebration welcomed the arrests.

“We hope that that is certainly the start of arrests and prosecution of those that have – domestically and overseas – looted our nation for years and are straight answerable for the hardships that hundreds of thousands of South Africans face immediately,” the Democratic Alliance stated in an announcement.

(Reporting by Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru, James Macharia Chege in Johannesburg and Nadine Awadalla in Dubai; Modifying by Gareth Jones)

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