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South African prosecutors have announced a bold step in their bid to extradite Indian-born brothers who were allegedly at the centre of a massive web of corruption under the immediate past administration of President Jacob Zuma.
Africa Today News, New York gathered that the three Gupta brothers — Ajay, Atul and Rajesh — are presently at the centre of a long-running probe into the embezzlement of state assets under former president Jacob Zuma.
In a statement, the prosecution authority’s chief investigator, Hermione Cronje, said Interpol had issued a ‘red notice’ against two of the brothers, Atul and Rajesh.
Red notices are a global alert enabling law enforcers to arrest a person sought for prosecution or serving a sentence and detain them pending extradition.
The three brothers are at the centre of a 2016 graft report by South Africa’s anti-corruption watchdog, which claims they paid bribes in exchange for massive state contracts and influence ministerial appointments.
They fled South Africa shortly after a judicial commission started in 2018 and are suspected to be in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Last month South Africa said it was close to finalising an extradition treaty with the UAE.
The third brother, Ajay, who is not named in the red notice, is part of a separate case, Cronje’s office said.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK