Jun 28, 2022

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‘The key thing is to get them here’: political analysts on Gupta arrests

The arrests of two of the Gupta brothers, who are accused of being key figures in the state’s capture, have been welcomed – but analysts warn their extradition process will be crucial.

Professor Daryl, leader of Political Studies at Wits University Glaser said the arrest was symbolic and an important development. However, he wasn’t sure if the state’s case was strong enough to secure extradition.

“My only concern is whether the state has a watertight case that can secure extradition.”

Mcebisi Ndletyana, Professor of Political Science at the University of Johannesburg, said the key is to bring the Gupta brothers back to South Africa.

“This is a welcome development because they play a central role in the state’s arrest problem, but they need to be here and prosecuted,” Ndletyana said.

He hoped her prosecutors would unearth new information. “They’re going to try and close some deals. Typically, defendants try to wriggle out of the mystery. This is a good development, but the most important thing is to get them here.”

The state should ensure that it gets as much information as possible from the Guptas, especially information that is not yet known Ndletyana said.

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The Justice Department confirmed the arrest of Atul and Rajesh Gupta in Dubai on Monday.

“The Justice Department and Correctional Services confirm that information has been received from law enforcement agencies in the United Emirates (UAE) has received that fugitives from justice, namely Rajesh and Atul Gupta, have been arrested,” Guptas said.

“Extradition is a complex process involving many roles, including the executive. It would therefore not be appropriate for the NPA to discuss the details of this process in the media, but they can confirm that we are working with the relevant authorities in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates,” it said in a statement.

The NPA said it has an experienced team of internal and external experts who work closely with law enforcement and their partners in the criminal justice system on the matter.

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