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UAE Weighs Extraditing Graft-Accused Gupta Clan to South Africa

  • Atul and Rajesh Gupta held, authorities discussing way forward
  • Guptas accused of stealing from state-owned companies
Demonstrators call for the extradition of the Gupta brothers in Pretoria, on June 10, 2021. 

Demonstrators call for the extradition of the Gupta brothers in Pretoria, on June 10, 2021. 

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The United Arab Emirates is weighing extraditing two members of the Gupta family who are wanted in South Africa, where they stand accused of looting billions of dollars from the state.

Rajesh and Atul Gupta were detained by UAE law-enforcement authorities and discussions are taking place on the way forward, South Africa’s Justice Ministry said in a statement on Monday. Since the alleged crime was in South Africa, authorities in the Gulf country are weighing extraditing the brothers, according to people familiar with the matter. No decision has been made yet, they said, declining to be identified because they weren’t authorized to talk to the media.