Court in Dominica adjourns hearing in Mehul Choksi case
The fugitive diamond dealer is dealing with fees of coming into the island territory illegally
Hearing started on Wednesday towards fugitive businessman and diamond dealer Mehul Choksi at a court docket in Dominica, the place he’s dealing with fees of coming into the island territory illegally.
Opposing the general public prosecutor in the court docket, Mr. Choksi’s staff mentioned he was “traumatised” after being tortured in custody of alleged kidnappers, who took him from his residence in close by Antigua the place he had acquired citizenship.
The hearing will proceed on Thursday. The case had taken a flip towards Mr. Choksi after Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne claimed that Mr. Choksi had left his residence there out of his free will with a feminine companion and that Dominica ought to hand him over to the Indian authorities, who have been anticipating that nation to hold out the International Red Corner Notice towards Mr. Choksi, accused of defrauding the Punjab National Bank and the State Bank of India of ₹13,500 crore.
On Wednesday, Mr. Choksi’s staff claimed that his human rights have been violated ever since he was allegedly “abducted” from Antigua. “My husband is in hospital and I have been able to speak to him. He is traumatised and has lots of wounds. He was also mentally tortured. We are deeply anguished by comments of Antigua PM Browne,” Priti Choksi advised WION, a TV channel.
During the hearing, Mr. Choksi’s staff additionally raised questions on a feminine good friend who allegedly plotted his removing from Antigua to Dominica. Lawyers showing for Mr. Choksi argued that he’s an Antigua citizen and he ought to be despatched again to Antigua.
Antigua maintains that Mr. Choksi stays an Indian citizen. Indian authorities who’re carefully watching the case keep that Mr. Choksi ought to be extradited to India as he dedicated crimes whereas being an Indian citizen earlier than taking the Antigua citizenship. Mr. Choksi’s staff maintains that he ought to be despatched to Antigua to face trial there the place he loved safety towards instant deportation to India.