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S. Africa: Gupta Brothers Arrested

FILE - In this Sept. 2010 file photo, Atul Gupta, of the Gupta family, is seen outside magistrates courts in Johannesburg. Atul and his brother Rajesh Gupta were arrested on June 6, 2022, according to the South African government.

The Indian businessmen, associates of former South African President Jacob Zuma, are accused of stealing billions of dollars from state-owned enterprises.

The South African government on Monday said law enforcement authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have arrested Rajesh Gupta and Atul Gupta of the Gupta family.

The Gupta brothers, friends of former President Jacob Zuma, are accused in South Africa of using their relationship with Zuma to profit financially and influence senior appointments. They deny wrongdoing.

"Discussions between various law enforcement agencies in the UAE and South Africa on the way forward are ongoing," the government's Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services said in a brief statement, adding that it will continue to cooperate with the authorities in the UAE.

An enquiry was established in 2018 to examine allegations of graft during Zuma's nine years in power from 2009, which was riddled with scandals, overshadowing his presidency.

The allegations leveled against him include that he allowed businessmen close to him - brothers Atul, Ajay and Rajesh Gupta - to influence policy and plunder state resources.