Fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi has employed Justice Abroad in London to file circumstances in opposition to his alleged abductors, who’re British nationals.
The authorized crew of Mehul Choksi in London has approached the Metropolitan Police underneath the “universal jurisdiction” provision to analyze his alleged kidnapping from Antigua and Barbuda to neighbouring Dominica, his lawyer Michael Polak mentioned.
Addressing a press convention on Thursday, Mehul Choksi’s lawyer Michael Polak questioned the motive of the abductors. He mentioned his consumer was “unlawfully renditioned” from Antigua & Barbuda to Dominica so he loses the appropriate to enchantment on the UK Privy Council.
Giving particulars in regards to the alleged plan, the lawyer alleged that the feminine buddy of Mehul Choksi, Barbara Jabarica, had “lured” him to her AirBnb lodging which she had ensured had docking house for a “small boat”.
Polak referred to as it a “pre-planned attempt to kidnap”. He confirmed an electronic mail dialog between Barbara Jarabica and the AirBNB owner. Mehul Choksi’s lawyer claimed that Barbara had enquired if there was a place for docking a small boat in the yard. Polak added that she had mentioned taking two adjoining properties after getting affirmation about a docking place for boats.
The lawyer alleged that Barbara Jabarica left Antigua and Barbuda in a personal aircraft for Dominica at 7.26 pm.
Regarding the case registered in London, Polak mentioned the motive for eradicating him from Antigua and Barbuda was to “diminish his protection under the law. “
“In Antigua, he has the right to appeal to the privy council in London. In Dominica, he does not have that protection. The motive behind the kidnapping could not be clearer,” mentioned Polak.
He added, “I think the motive really speaks for itself. It is very important thing to look at. India obviously wants to try to move Choksi to India. Had he signed a piece of paper that said he had already been there? The fact that there was an Indian plane in Dominica soon after shows what was going on here.”
Elaborating on this, Choksi’s lawyer added that while Antigua is still part of the UK Privy Council, Dominica is not. “The judicial committee of the Privy Council, which is the highest court of appeal for a number of Commonwealth, ex-Commonwealth states… It’s the highest court of appeal for those states who have chosen to remain. When any country wants to leave the privy council, like communicated, nobody from the British establishment stands in their way… So it’s a choice for the people of the Commonwealth countries, whether they want this right. And the Antiguan people were given that choice and they clearly chose to keep the privy council.”
The lawyer additionally indicated that Choksi was tortured.
“The course of is with the Metropolitan Police and we are going to allow them to perform their investigations. We say in this case there’s proof of torture,” he mentioned.
He additionally rejected statements from the Dominican aspect, claiming that it took them a few days to determine Choksi’s id.
“Dominican authorities, we believe, knew exactly who they were receiving from the coast guard. Anything else just doesn’t bare any credence. He was brought for a purpose to remove his rights in Antigua and we say any statement from the Dominican side that they didn’t know who he was is not true. He told them who he was. He was denied access to counsel for three days.”
Reposing religion in the British system, he mentioned, “The Metropolitan Police has a specialised war crimes team who are trained to investigate international matters. So, they know how the law works, they know how to investigate this kind of case. We have faith in them carrying out proper investigations.”
In the grievance, Polak has reportedly named Gurdip Bath, Gurjit Singh Bhandal and Gurmit Singh in addition to Jabarica. Bath and Bhandal are residents of St Kitts and the UK respectively, whereas Singh is an Indian nationwide residing in the UK.