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South Africa Bid to Extradite Wealthy Guptas From UAE Fails

South Africa’s bid to have two brothers from the wealthy Gupta family extradited from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has failed. Atul and Rajesh Gupta are accused in South Africa of profiting from their close links with former President Jacob Zuma and exerting unfair influence.

The justice ministry said it had learnt with “shock and dismay” about the move. The brothers, who deny any wrongdoing, fled after a judicial commission began probing a major corruption scandal. The Indian-born Guptas were arrested in the UAE last June and extradition talks with South Africa began.

But a court in the UAE rejected the extradition application on a technicality, the TimesLive news site quotes South African Justice Minister Ronald Lamola as saying. The decision was made in February but it was only communicated to South Africa on Thursday. Source

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