Justice Dept confirms Atul and Rajesh Gupta’s arrest

South Africa

Johannesburg – The Department of Justice on Monday night confirmed that two of the Gupta brothers, Atul and Rajesh, have been arrest in Dubai.

In a short statement, the department said:  “The Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services confirms that it has received information from law enforcement authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that fugitives of justice, namely, Rajesh and Atul Gupta have been arrested.”

A red Interpol notice was issued for the brothers who were wanted for widespread graft, fraud and money laundering.

The department said discussions between various enforcement agencies in the UAE and South Africa on the matter were ongoing.

Reports suggest a high-level meeting of law enforcement agencies is currently taking place in Pretoria.

The Gupta brothers and their wives fled South Africa amid investigations into their alleged looting of billions of rands from state-owned enterprises.

The National Prosecuting Authority applied to the international criminal police organisation to assist with the execution of arrest warrants.

The total cost of state capture is estimated to run into tens of billions of rands with many of the country’s main parastatals looted.

The NPA sees the arrest of the Gupta brothers as first prize, along with the recovery of billions of rands in stolen money.

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