Ajay Gupta is confronted by Justin van Pletzen

Justin van Pletzen “does not know” what he’s being charged with

The man allegedly jailed for filming Ajay Gupta has not been told what his crime was


Ajay Gupta is confronted by Justin van Pletzen

Justin van Pletzen, The South African businessman who filmed his confrontation with Ajay Gupta in Dubai, is in the dark regarding what charges he actually faces according to The Citizen.

Van Pletzen was arrested on Wednesday, and it was first suspected he was taken in for breaking the strict “public decency” laws in Dubai. However, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) have been cautious over using this term, insisting no reason has yet been provided.

Through spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya, they told the publication this morning that the South African may not find out his charges until his court date:

“He has not been to court. It is only in court that we will find out what he is being charged with. It is not like in South Africa where you know beforehand. In some countries, a person only knows what the charges are once they get to court.”

How Justin van Pletzen ended up in a Dubai prison

This all began when businessman van Pletzen found the Gupta brother leaving offices at the Business Atrium in Dubai.

He approached Ajay, with the camera rolling, to ask what his plans were with regards to returning to South Africa. He’s officially a fugitive in this country, and both the Eskom inquiry and Hawks are keen to speak to him.

In the video, Ajay Gupta gives nothing away. He tells van Pletzen that he’s “waiting on a reply” before he goes home, implying that no-one has actually asked him to return. Yeah, we’re calling bullshit on that one.

Will van Pletzen go to court?

The South African’s arrest and the sharing of the video are too coincidental to ignore. DIRCO have dilly-dallied on clarifying the situation, and it seems the only thing that’s certain at the moment is the promise of more uncertainty.

The spokesman’s comments this morning do seem to indicate that van Pletzen will be going to court for his actions. We can’t help but feel they’ve arrested the wrong guy in the video, though.