The South African and Emirate authorities have announced that two brothers from the wealthy Gupta family have been arrested in the United Arab Emirates.
Extradition talks between South Africa and the United Emirates are currently taking place.
Atul and Rajesh Gupta were accused of profiting from their close linked relationship with former president Jacob Zuma and exerting an unfair influence.
The two brothers fled the country after the judicial commission began probing their involvement in corruption in 2018.
The Guptas were accused of paying financial bribes to win lucrative state contracts and have an influence on powerful appointments which take place in government, of which they have denied any wrongdoing.
A statement from Dubai Police stated that the duo is being held in custody in connection with criminal charges in South Africa.
The law enforcement force stated that they acted after receiving a ‘red notice’ from Interpol. This is a request to law enforcement organizations to provisionally arrest a wanted person pending extradition.
The family moved from India to South Africa in 1993 and also faced accusations of money laundering in their home country. Tax officials went on to raid their properties in multiple cities, including their company office in the capital Delhi.
The famous brothers are linked to former president Jacob Zuma where many of the corruption allegations leveled against them focus on their relationship with Zuma who was president of South Africa from 2009 until he was forced to step down due to a whirlwind of corruption allegations that followed nine years later.
The Gupta family has been accused of using their close relationship with the former president to get huge political power throughout all levels of the South African Government, which would allow them to win business contracts and influence high–profile government appointments, as well as the misuse of funds.
Both the family and Zuma have denied all allegations