Two of the infamous Gupta brothers have been placed on Interpol’s ‘Red Notice list’ – a move that now compels other international police agencies to be on ‘high alert’ for the wanted fugitives.
Which Gupta brothers are on the Interpol red list?
Both Atul and Rajesh ‘Tony’ Gupta were named by Interpol on Monday morning. Hermione Cronje, of the NPA’s Investigative Directorate, confirmed the news via a statement. As well as the well-known state captors, both of their spouses and four other figures also find themselves on Interpol’s ‘most wanted’ database.
[BREAKING] The Investigative Directorate's head advocate Hermione Cronje confirms @INTERPOL_HQ has issued Red Notices for four Gupta family members, Atul and Rajesh 'Tony' Gupta and their spouses (along with four others). pic.twitter.com/2C94fbFsz5
— Erin Bates (@ermbates) July 5, 2021
Red alert! What next for the Guptas?
The Gupta brothers fled South Africa in 2018, and are believed to be residing in Dubai. An extradition treaty between Mzansi and the UAE was signed back in June, putting the Indian billionaires on shaky legal ground. However, those foundations have been thoroughly rattled once more, following Interpol’s intervention.
It’s worth noting that a Red Notice doesn’t actually constitute an international arrest warrant. What it does do, however, is ensure that law enforcement agencies across the world can now locate the Guptas and report them for extradition.
“A Red Notice is a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action. Red Notices are published by INTERPOL at the request of a member country, and must comply with INTERPOL’s Constitution and Rules – they are not, however, an international arrest warrant.”
“They are used to simultaneously alert police in all our member countries about internationally wanted fugitives. Police in other countries can then be on the watch for them and use the Red Notice to support extradition proceedings. Red Notices help bring fugitives to justice, sometimes many years after the original crime was committed.”