The South African Department of Justice and Constitutional Services confirmed on Monday that it had filed a request with the United Arab Emirates (UAE)’ Central Authority to extradite the Gupta brothers to South Africa.
As the extradition application is heard in UAE courts, Justice Minister Ronald Lamola announced that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) would continue to work with its UAE counterparts to ensure the Gupta brothers are extradited to South Africa.
In compliance with UAE laws, Minister said the extradition request was submitted in both English and Arabic.
He said despite lengthy process that can take several months, the NPA aims to deliver results.
Atul and Rajesh Gupta—are suspected of plundering South African government resources with the apparent support of former President Zuma.
The Brothers, which ‘gained notoriety’ for suspected corruption in South Africa, were arrested in Dubai on June 6, 2022. They had been red-flagged by Interpol as the country’s most sought suspects in money laundering and criminal activity.
In a statement, Justice Minister said NPA formal request for the arrest and extradition of the Gupta brothers to South Africa marked a milestone in the government’s effort to hold those responsible for state capture accountable.
“The NPA worked with the UAE Central Authority to comply with the Extradition Treaty and the UN Convention Against Corruption.”
According to Justice Minister, Atul Gupta and Rajesh Gupta were being extradited based on the Extradition Treaty between the Republic of South Africa and the UAE.
The Gupta brothers are either going to be extradited under the Extradition Treaty or under the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, he added.