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State capture suspects can be extradited – NPA boss

Publish date: 09 October 2017
Issue Number: 746
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Criminal

South Africa's National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams has assured Parliament that it would not be difficult to have state capture suspects extradited from countries with which SA does not have extradition treaties. A Business Day report notes Abrahams appeared before Parliament’s Justice Committee last week to present the organisational overview of the National Prosecuting Authority. He said the prosecutorial authority would need up to R250m to continue an effective fight against corruption and other crimes. MPs on the committee expressed concern about the NPA’s ability to deal with state capture cases and to pursue high-profile corruption suspects should they flee. Abrahams said SA’s corruption law allowed for ‘executorial jurisdiction’ even in an instance where someone who had fled resided in a country with which SA does not have an extradition treaty. ‘We don’t need a treaty to extradite anybody from anywhere in the world. But it does help; it does assist… International law is broad enough to allow us to apply for extradition of people anywhere in the world,’ Abrahams said. According to a report in Die Burger, Abrahams assured MPs there was ‘meaningful progress’ in the eight-pronged investigation into state capture led by the Hawks and supported by the NPA. ‘It is regrettable that I cannot divulge any details. The committee will, however, be briefed soon.’

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