Hawks withdraw warrant of arrest for #AjayGupta

South Africa

The warrant of arrest that had been issued against Ajay Gupta has been withdrawn by the Hawks.

Gupta was wanted in connection with corruption charges and the warrant meant he was a fugitive from justice and could face arrest if he entered the country.

Last year Duduzane Zuma appeared at the commercial crimes court in connection with the same charges that Gupta was facing.

Former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas had alleged that he was invited to the Gupta compound in Saxonworld by Zuma and that Gupta offered him a ministerial post as the minister of finance shortly before  Nhalnhla Nene was to be fired in 2015.

Jonas said he was also offered R600 million if he accepted the job offer. Zuma was charged and his case was provisionally withdrawn in January 2019. The NPA  said the reasons for the withdrawal was because Jonas’ testimony at the Zondo commission had not been finalised.

The withdrawal of the arrest warrant against Gupta was also based on the withdrawal of charges against Duduzane.

Jonas is expected to appear before the Zondo commission to finalise his testimony and he will also face cross-examination from Zuma who was successfully granted permission.

Commission chair deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo granted businessman Fana Hlongwane, who was also present during the alleged bribe, and Zuma to question Jonas based on the fact they are also willing to testify at the commission.

The Guptas had applied to cross-examine Jonas however Zondo declined to grant permission as the brothers were not willing to come back to South Africa and appear in person at the state capture inquiry.

 

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