NPA to ask Interpol to help with the arrest and extradition of 2 Gupta brothers

NPA to ask Interpol to help with the arrest and extradition of 2 Gupta brothers

- The NPA has asked the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to assist in the arrest of two Gupta brothers

- The arrest warrant is in connection with a R24 million fraud case which is related to the Estina dairy project

- The NPA wants the Guptas to stand trial with their co-accused Salim Essa, Iqbal Sharma, and three former senior Free State government officials

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The case against the Gupta brothers is moving forward and the NPA has reportedly asked the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to help them arrest and extradite two Gupta brothers.

The NPA wants the Guptas to be brought to South Africa to stand trial on charges of fraud along with Salim Essa, Iqbal Sharma, and three former senior Free State government officials.

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NPA to ask Interpol to help with the arrest and extradition of 2 Gupta brothers
Ajay and Atul Gupta are wanted by the NPA in connection with a R24 million fraud case. Photo credit: @tumisole
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The case relates to an investigation that has allegedly found that the suspects were involved in fraudulent activities worth R24 million.

According to The South African, the Free State Department of Agriculture was allegedly defrauded of R24 million by a company, Nulane Investment 204 (Pty) Ltd, that was controlled by Sharma.

Feasibility study

News24 reported that the R24 million was to be used for a feasibility study to see whether the Estina dairy project would be feasible.

Nulane then appointed Deloitte Consulting R1.5 million to conduct the study. The rest of the money was allegedly siphoned off and laundered through a company incorporated in the United Arab Emirates that was controlled by the Gupta brothers.

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Earlier, Briefly News reported that former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has denied receiving bags of money from the controversial Gupta family. The embattled minister had been speaking at the Commission into State Capture in Johannesburg.

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Chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, Gigaba was giving testimony after being accused by several witnesses, including his estranged wife, Nomachule Mngoma, of being close to the controversial family.

Delayed response to the Guptas

In other news, President Cyril Ramaphosa has opened up about what he believes was a slow response to the Gupta family's influence in the country.

Speaking at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, Ramaphosa said that the emails exposing their influence, known as the Gupta Leaks, revealed a lot of evidence on the matter..

He said that the delayed reaction was not the best way to handle matters.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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