Kuben Moodley: Gupta Family Middleman Convinces the Court He's Not a Flight Risk, Gets Bail

Kuben Moodley: Gupta Family Middleman Convinces the Court He's Not a Flight Risk, Gets Bail

  • Gupta family associate Kuben Moodley is out on R150 000 bail after he was able to convince the court that he is not a flight risk
  • Moodley was apprehended at the airport in Johannesburg before he was able to board a plane on his way to a golfing trip in Dubai
  • The National Prosecuting Authority initially tried to ask the court to move the bail hearing to Friday to give them time to prepare

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JOHANNESBURG - Despite the fact that he was detained before boarding an aircraft to Dubai, Kuben Moodley, a man suspected of being a Gupta family associate, was granted bail of R150 000.

Following his arrest at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday evening, Moodley stood in Palm Ridge Court in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

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Kuben Moodley told that court that he was going on vacation with friends when he was arrested. Images: Richard Whittingdale
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He is facing charges related to fraud and corruption. Moodley was able to convince the court that he poses no threat to the operations of the bail system and the criminal justice functions, according to TimesLIVE.

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Moodley also told the court that he was going on a golfing trip to Dubai when he was taken into the custody of the South African Police Services and he was not trying to flee the country.

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He added that his return flight ticket was proof that he intended to return to South Africa when the trip was completed after five days. Moodley also stated that he was vacationing with his friends.

The state had tried to ask the court to postpone Moodley's bail hearing until Friday on the basis that they were not prepared to argue against his bail. However, the court did not find their failure to compile an affidavit in time was reason enough to grant a postponement, according to a report by News24.

Moodley's attorney had asked the court to set his bail amount at R100 000 but the court denied his request and raised the amount to R150 000.

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Gupta associate linked to corruption to appear in court

Briefly News previously reported that the Transnet, Regiments Capital and Trillion corruption saga has seen progress as an individual believed to be a middleman is scheduled to stand in front of the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Wednesday, 29 September.

The suspect's upcoming court appearance follows their apprehension at the OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park on Tuesday, 28 September, night.

Sindisiwe Seboka, the National Prosecuting Authority’s Investigating Directorate, issued a statement in which he confirmed that the individual was captured while attempting to board a plane set for Dubai.

Source: Briefly News

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