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Interpol issues red letters to Atul and Rajesh Gupta – report

Interpol has issued warnings for Atul and Rajesh Gupta, two of the three notorious brothers who are allegedly behind the state fishing project in South Africa.

However, no red letters have been issued against their wives, according to a News24 report.

In July 2021, Sindisiwe Seboka, spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPAs) said red notices had been issued for distribution to law enforcement agencies of Interpol member states regarding four of the eight accused before the Bloemfontein Regional Court.

This relates to the R25 million fraud and money laundering case of a Gupta-affiliated company, Nulane Investment.

On Wednesdays the Supreme Court of Bloemfontein heard pre-trial issues and adjourned to complete pre-trial issues on June 24, 2022. The case will be tried from January 23, 2023 to March 3, 2023.

Red warnings are issued for fugitives wanted for prosecution or serving a sentence.

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What is an Interpol Red report?

According to Interpol, red notices are international requests for cooperation or warnings for member states to share critical crime-related information.

There are several communications, each with a different purpose. The Interpol website states the following:

  • Yellow Note: To help locate missing persons, or to help identify persons who cannot identify themselves.
  • Blue Note: To collect additional information about an individual’s identity, location, or activities in connection with a crime.
  • Black Note: Seek information about unidentified bodies.
  • Green Notice: To warn of criminal activity by a person, where the person is perceived as a potential threat to public safety.
  • Orange Note: To warn of an event, person, object or process that poses a serious and immediate threat to public safety.
  • Purple Note: Find or provide information about modus operandiobjects, devices and concealment methods used by criminals.
  • Red Note: To search the location and arrest of wanted persons.

Red alerts for the Gupta brothers mean law enforcement agencies around the world are on the lookout for them.

According to Interpol, the message contains information that will help Member States’ police to identify the fugitives, such as “such as their name, date of birth, nationality, hair and eye color, photos and fingerprints if available”.

It also contains information about the crimes for which they are wanted.

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Reports about Guptas trying to flee Dubai

According to a report in Sunday World in July, the Guptas attempted to “flee” Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to avoid possible extradition to South Africa to face trial.

However, they were unable to leave Dubai after the Interior Ministry repeatedly refused to give them new passports or renew old ones, despite attempts by the Guptas to force the issue through the South African legal system.

Request for comment on this story has been sent to the NPA and the Department of Justice. This article will be updated as soon as they are received.

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