Accountability Monitor: UK imposes sanctions on Guptas

Weren’t you just furious when you read about how the Gupta family so easily bought so many of South Africa’s politicians, which led to much of our economic and political demise? Don’t you just want to see them punished? Well, then you’ll be pleased to know that the United Kingdom has placed sanctions on three corruption-accused Gupta brothers, Ajay, Atul and Rajesh, as well as their associate Salim Essa – aka the “fourth Gupta brother”. 

The US imposed sanctions on the Guptas in 2019. The move by the UK comes as it cracks down on corrupt individuals who are using the country as a ‘safe haven’ for their assets. 22 other individuals from around the globe have also been named. Now if only India and Dubai, where the bros are hiding out, would follow suit. The Guptas withdrew from the Zondo Commission early on, after they were not allowed to testify via video. Extradition can only happen once criminal charges are brought against them. 

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 15 April 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.