United Arab Emirates court has dismissed South Africa’s request to extradite Atul and Rajesh Gupta , brothers who face charges of political corruption , justice minister Ronald Lamella said on Friday .
The Guptas are accused of using their connections with Jacob Zuma , president of South Africa from 2009 to 2018 , to win contracts , influence cabin net appointments and siphon off state funds . Zuma and the Guptas have denied all wrong doing . South Africa received diplomatic communication from the UAE on April 6 that a UAE court had made the decision on February 13 , Lamella said . “
In the evening of the 6th of April 2023 , we were provided with a note verbal from the UAE in which we learnt with shock and dismay that an extradition hearing had been concluded in the UAE courts on the 13th of February 2023 and our extradition request was unsuccessful , ” Lamella said . The court had ruled that the UAE had jurisdiction to prosecute the Guptas for money – laundering offences alleged to have been committed in the UAE and South Africa , La mole said . The UAE government did not respond to a re quest for comment on the Gupta case .