Members of the Gupta family, who’ve been implicated in looting billions of rand of taxpayer funds in South Africa, were denied permission to give testimony from outside the country to a judicial panel investigating the alleged graft.
The Gupta brothers, who’ve been seen in Dubai and India, have argued that they could be arrested and prosecuted by reckless and incompetent authorities if they agree to return to South Africa. The brothers couldn’t be held to account if they lied or defied orders to produce evidence if they testified in another country or by video conference, said Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who heads the judicial panel. He also denied an application for their lawyers to be allowed to cross-examine witnesses in their absence.
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