The net is slowly but surely tightening on Atul Gupta and Rajesh Gupta, as well as many others linked to a multi-million rand Free State agriculture fraud case. All the accused are set to face charges relating to alleged fraud in connection with the Estina dairy project, totaling around R25 million.
Interpol on Monday released a so-called red notice against the Guptas and others, the global crime-fighting body’s most severe alert to law enforcement agencies around the world. Those listed include Gupta family members and four other associates, all of whom are understood to currently be in the United Arab Emirates or in India.
Attorney Ulrich Roux said that the timing was perfect as South Africa’s extradition treaty with the UAE comes into effect in three days’ time, which changes the game in favour of South Africa.
“This week it will be in full force and effect and if they are arrested there that extradition treaty and agreement between South Africa and Dubai would assist in having them extradited to South Africa if they were to be arrested,” Roux said.
Meanwhile, former president Jacob Zuma, an alleged former associate of the Guptas, is heading to court today for his stay of arrest appeal.