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- 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.

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