Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele says the government has no guarantees that Atul and Rajesh Gupta will be extradited to SA to stand trial on corruption and state arrest charges.
The brothers accused of state arrest were recently arrested in Dubai after Interpol issued Red Notices on them in February.
The arrests were made by politicians , civil society organizations and the public.
At amedia briefingin Cape Town on the results of the cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Gungubele said , he hopes the relationship between SA and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) would lead to a positive outcome.
“We don’t have that guarantee, but with the relationship that between us and the UAE, one would expect something better. I will be surprised [if they are not extradited] when I consider Interpol’s Code and Principles because they ensure countries work together to fight crime,” he said.
Gungubele acknowledged that extradition was not an easy process.
“I would be surprised if it didn’t result in them coming here. I would also be surprised if they weren’t arrested based on exactly what they did in SA, but I wouldn’t say there’s a guarantee because it’s not an easy process,” he said.
Earlier this week, the National Law Enforcement Agency (NPA) said the extradition process is complex and involves many actors, including the law enforcement branch.
The NPA said It had an experienced team of internal and external experts who worked closely with law enforcement agencies and their partners in the criminal justice system on the matter.
“Extradition is a complex process, at which involves many roles players, including executive. It would therefore not be appropriate for the NPA to discuss the details of this process in the media, but we can confirm that we are working with the relevant authorities in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates,” she said.
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