UAE extraction treaty: Guptas could be forced to return to SA

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola on Friday 11 June 2021 gave an update on South Africa’s extradition treaty with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This means the Gupta family will be forced to return to South Africa.

SA and UAE extraction treaty ratified 

The United Arab Emirates confirmed the ratification of its extradition treaty after Interpol intervened in the execution of warrants of arrests for Atul Gupta and Rajesh Gupta, along with their family members.

During the press briefing on Friday, Minister Lamola said the extradition treaty will come into effect on 10 July 2021. Lamola said “South Africa has persons of interests who are believed to be in the UAE,” and added:

“It is worth mentioning that our request for mutual legal assistance to the UAE to date was not prohibited by the fact that there were no treaties enforced between the two states”.

Treaty signifies ‘new dawn’

Lamola said South Africa will continue to pursue its counterparts “through diplomatic channels in order to reach the desired levels of cooperation and enable our law enforcement agencies to bring to justice persons of interests in any investigation they are persuing”.

He says the treaty now signifies “a new dawn”, but states that the expectation of the treaty “is yet to be fulfilled”.

We remain committed to maintaining bilateral relations with the UAE, which has spanned a period of 20 years. It’s in the interest of both parties that these treaties are implemented”.

This is a developing story, more to follow. 

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