The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) has been dealt a significant blow in its case against the Guptas.
The High Court in Bloemfontein has found that there are no reasonable grounds for believing that the entities or parties involved in the Estina dairy farm may be convicted.
The court set aside the R250-million preservation order the AFU had obtained against several Gupta companies, their directors, and three free state government employees.
This means the state will have to return numerous properties, luxury cars as well as several aircraft seized this year.
Eyewitness News (EWN) reporter, Barry Bateman has more on the story.
It is a significant blow to the NPA and assets forfeiture unit. The court made it clear that the only question that it had to consider related to this particular matter is whether there is evidence.— Barry Bateman, EWN reporter
The state was unable to say exactly which funds were being moved where.— Barry Bateman, EWN reporter
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This article first appeared on 702 : High Court sets aside Hawks preservation order against Guptas