Ex­pat re­leased in so­cial me­dia case

Khaleej Times - - FRONT PAGE - Amira Agarib and Dhanusha Goku­lan re­porters@khalee­j­times.com

dubai — The Dubai Po­lice have re­leased a South African ex­pa­tri­ate, who was ar­rested for post­ing a video of an al­leged fugi­tive South African busi­ness­man of In­dian ori­gin on so­cial me­dia, ac­cord­ing to sources.

Two South African ex­pa­tri­ates, who posted a video of busi­ness­man Ajay Gupta on so­cial me­dia were ar­rested on charges of in­va­sion of pri­vacy, said po­lice of­fi­cials. The po­lice ar­rested the men and a woman ear­lier this month. How­ever, JVP, the ex­pat who posted the video ac­cus­ing Gupta of hav­ing ties with for­mer South African pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, is still un­der po­lice cus­tody.

The po­lice re­leased the sec­ond South African sus­pect, af­ter re­leas­ing fe­male sus­pect ear­lier. Bri­gadier Ah­mad bin Gha­laitha, di­rec­tor of Al Rafaa po­lice sta­tion, told Khaleej Times that the sec­ond ac­cused, J.T., was re­leased on bail af­ter he de­posited his pass­port.

Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cer, 39-year-old JVP was ar­rested af­ter re­ceiv­ing a com­plaint from Ajay Gupta, who said that the three had breached his pri­vacy by post­ing the video that went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia. How­ever, J.T. said that he was not aware of the mat­ter that

The ac­cused shot the video of the com­plainant with­out his per­mis­sion and then posted it on so­cial me­dia, which is a vi­o­la­tion of UAE cy­ber­laws.” Bri­gadier Ah­mad bin Gha­laitha, di­rec­tor of Al Rafaa po­lice sta­tion

JVP had the in­ten­tion to post the video on so­cial me­dia. Brig Bin Gha­laitha also said that the woman ac­cused, D, did not par­tic­i­pate in the crime, but she was ac­com­pa­ny­ing them.

He said that the ac­cused shot the video of the com­plainant with­out his per­mis­sion and then posted it on so­cial me­dia, which is a vi­o­la­tion of UAE cy­ber­laws. The in­ci­dent took place out­side the Busi­ness Atrium Cen­tre in Oud Metha. JVP said in his video that Ajay Gupta was liv­ing a lux­u­ri­ous life in Dubai and urged his gov­ern­ment to take ac­tion against him.

Who is Ajay Gupta?

He is one of the three Gupta brothers un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion in South Africa over ac­cu­sa­tions of cor­rupt links to ousted South African pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma. Ajay left South Africa for Dubai from Jo­han­nes­burg on an Emi­rates flight on Fe­bru­ary 6 at 8.30pm, af­ter be­ing ac­cused of hav­ing ties with Zuma. Gupta was de­clared ‘a fugi­tive’ as he failed to re­port to the po­lice and is thus sub­ject to South African ex­tra­di­tion laws.

South Africa has ex­tra­di­tion agree­ments with 14 coun­tries, in­clud­ing In­dia. How­ever, an of­fi­cial at the Dubai Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion said that South Africa does ac­tu­ally have an agree­ment with the UAE for an ex­tra­di­tion treaty, but it is not be­ing signed into law. This means that South Africa wouldn’t be able to legally ex­tra­dite Gupta from Dubai.

Brig Bin Gha­laitha sug­gested the two coun­tries could co­op­er­ate in gath­er­ing ev­i­dence and ex­chang­ing in­for­ma­tion. The Gupta fam­ily were ac­cused of us­ing their friend­ship with Zuma to in­flu­ence pol­icy and amass wealth, while the fam­ily has de­nied any wrong­do­ing.

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