Fugitive diamond dealer Mehul Choksi being wheeled in to the Magistrate’s court docket in Roseau, Dominica on June 2, 2021 (Photo Credits: PTI)
Mehul Choksi has sought the intervention of Antigua Police to probe the circumstances that resulted in his arrest in Dominica. In a criticism to the Antigua Police, the 62-year-old fugitive diamond dealer claims he’s an Antiguan citizen and was forcibly introduced to Dominica.
Choksi was on Monday remanded in custody on the Dominica China Friendship Hospital the place he’s being held forward of his bail listening to slated for June 14. He was arrested for illegally coming into Dominica and has been in custody since.
Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, additionally issued his first public assertion on the detention of Mehul Choksi on Monday. “Due process will be followed in dealing with Mr Choksi,” mentioned Skerrit.
In his letter to Antigua Police, Mehul Choksi has alleged that he was kidnapped from the house of his rumoured girlfriend Barbara Jabarica and brought to Dominica on a ship. He has even claimed that two Indians were on board the boat that was used to allegedly smuggle him out of Antigua and Barbuda.
Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne mentioned a probe has already been launched on the idea of Choksi’s criticism to the police.
‘Abducted’ from Barbara’s dwelling: Choksi
One of the important thing accused within the Rs 13,000 crore PNB financial institution fraud case, Choksi mentioned in his criticism that he has been residing in Jolly Harbour in Antigua and Barbuda for the previous three years.
Breaking the silence over his relationship with the thriller lady, Mehul Choksi mentioned, “Over the past year, I have come to be on friendly terms with a Ms. Barbara Jabarica.”
He provides that Barbara befriended his staff and used to accompany him for walks within the evenings.
Choksi goes on to say that Barbara requested him to decide her up from her dwelling located on the highway subsequent to the Marina on May 23 of this yr. Upon his arrival at her residence at round 5-5:15 pm, Mehul Choksi alleges he was crushed by 8-10 males who claimed to be Antiguan Police.
“They told me that they were there to escort me to St. John’s police station but when I resisted and first requested to contact my lawyers, they physically restrained me and began hitting me from all sides,” he claimed.
Choksi provides, “Due to their brutal beatings, I was unable to resist and was barely conscious. They then took my cell phone, Rolex watch and wallet. They stated that they did not want to rob me and returned the money to me at that point of time, which was around 1500 dollars.”
The fugitive businessman says Barbara Jabarica made no makes an attempt to rescue him or alert the police, which “points to the fact that she was an integral part of this entire scheme to kidnap” him.
Mercenaries hired to abduct me, claims Choksi
Mehul Choksi says he was then tied to a wheelchair, gagged and a masks positioned on his head. The males then allegedly took him out in the direction of the again of Barbara’s dwelling and positioned him on “what seemed like a very small watercraft”.
He was then shifted to a a lot bigger boat and allegedly threatened at knifepoint to stay silent.
“From what I could see, there appeared to be two Indians on board and three persons of Caribbean descent. From the way that they had conducted themselves so far, the Indian men, they seemed to be highly experienced mercenaries or contractors, hired specifically for this purpose of detaining and abducting me,” claimed Mehul Choksi.
I used to be advised that my citizenship would be “fixed” in Dominica and I’d quickly be repatriated to India, claimed Choksi.
Mehul Choksi mentioned the Indian males revealed to him meticulous particulars of his schedule and he was then made to communicate to an individual referred to as Narinder Singh who advised him to co-operate. He additionally talked about a Gurmit Singh in his criticism to the Antigua Police.
The boat stopped after almost 15-17 hours, mentioned Choksi. He claimed he was advised that he was introduced to the particular location to “give an interview to a high ranking Indian politician”.
Since Dominica was closed on that day, Choksi mentioned there was a “change of plan” and he was later handed over to the Dominican Coast Guard. I used to be taken to the Central Police Station and knowledgeable that I used to be arrested due to an Interpol Red Notice, mentioned Mehul Choksi.