Touadéra pays visit to Gupta brothers' Indian base
The Central African president Faustin Archange Touadéra recently travelled to Dehradun to meet the Gupta brothers, who have applied for asylum in his country to escape prosecution in South Africa.
The Gupta brothers, Atul and Rajesh who wants to demonstrate the range of their connections to President Faustin-Archange Touade, organised a meeting for him with an Indian investor presenting himself as a vice president of India's Bharatiya Janata Party.
South Africa is keen to catch Atul Gupta and Rajesh Gupta, suspected of masterminding the embezzlement of $940m of state funds. But it is wavering on whether to ask for help from the FBI or to appeal the United Arab Emirates' refusal to extradite the brothers.
None of South Africa's recent attempts to make contact with the UAE regarding the Gupta brothers have been successful. South African authorities are no longer sure that the two businessmen are being held in Dubai and are concerned that they may be granted asylum in central Africa.
Atul Gupta and brother Rajesh, the alleged masterminds of state capture during Zuma's presidency who were arrested in Dubai on 2 June, are to be extradited to South Africa but Pretoria is not being very cooperative as the focus shifts to the upcoming ANC conference.
South Africa's Financial Intelligence Centre, which is currently being audited by the Financial Action Task Force, has been caught up in the score-settling inside the presidential ANC party. It is trying to forge closer links with the banks so as to better keep tabs on politicians and influential business leaders.