#STATECAPTURE: HAWKS NOT READY TO ACT AGAINST GUPTAS
- The Hawks have refused to be drawn on when they will take action against the Guptas in Dubai and bring them back to South Africa for their alleged involvement in state capture.
However, the unit said on Thursday that it was intensifying its investigations into the matter, adding that it would only bring cases to court once the investigations had been finalised.
The Hawks would then, through the National Prosecuting Authority, implement the extradition treaty.
This comes after Parliament late last year approved the Extradition and Mutual Legal AssistanceTreatywiththeUnitedArabEmirates.
The Guptas are believed to be in Dubai after they left the country early last year. This was before the Hawks and other law enforcement agencies raided their property in Johannesburg.
Hawks Spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said they would work to conclude the investigations before the extradition could happen.
“When you take a case to court, you must have everything,” said Mulaudzi, adding that
the matter was even discussed in Parliament.
He said they did not want to end up with a situation where they did not cover all the aspects of the cases.
“The rule of speciality, in terms of international law, says you cannot extradite any person to investigate. You extradite to prosecute,” said Mulaudzi.
“It means your investigation must be complete and there must be no additional charges when you bring those people to court,” he said.
BRING THEM: Ajay Gupta and his younger brother Atul.