February 15, 2018 / 9:59 AM / a year ago

South African police arrest eight in influence-peddling probe

Protesters hold placards and chant slogans outside the Bloemfontein Regional Court where people, who were arrested after armed police raided the luxury home of theÊGuptaÊfamily, are to appear, in Bloemfontein, South Africa, February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s elite Hawks police unit has arrested eight people so far in its investigations into high-level influence-peddling centring around the Indian-born Gupta family, wealthy friends of ousted president Jacob Zuma, a statement said.

Two other suspects were still at large in South Africa, it said, while another three - two of whom were described as “of Indian nativity” - were outside the country. Police were asking for assistance in executing the arrest warrants, it added.

Zuma and the three Gupta brothers have denied any wrongdoing.

Reporting by Ed Cropley; Editing by James Macharia

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