Antigua Police Report Backs Fugitive Diamantaire’s Abduction Claims


London, The Wire: An Antigua Police interim report on the kidnapping of fugitive Indian-origin diamond merchant Mehul Choksi – kept under wraps for 11 months – is no longer secret. It was reportedly submitted to a court in Dominica, which is scheduled to pass final orders as early as Friday on the case of alleged illegal entry by Choksi, an Antiguan citizen, into the neighbouring Caribbean island state. CLICK HERE TO JOIN WHATS APP GROUP

The police report says: “The further along this investigation progresses, the more the facts are aligning with Mr Choksi’s version of the events that led to his appearance in the state of Dominica.”

It goes on to say: ‘The plethora of real and circumstantial evidence makes it clear that a case of kidnapping with broad collusion among multiple conspirators exists.”

The report names five suspects; two of them – an Indian-origin man and a Hungarian woman – it ranks “at the top of the list of suspects”.

The report – which was submitted to the government of Antigua and Barbuda – in its recommendations sought permission from the country’s authorities to secure a warrant for the Hungarian woman ‘for conspiracy to kidnap’.

It also wants Interpol to be requested “to identify the location and possible return” of all five suspects to Antigua “to be interviewed”. The green light for this has yet to be granted by the government of Prime Minister Gaston Browne.

Asked whether he knew about the case coming up for disposal, Dominica’s leader of opposition Lennox Linton said: ‘So I understand.’ He had publicly stated – when criminal proceedings were launched against Choksi in July 2021 – that the judge concerned should cease these and set the accused free.

Radio presenter and journalist Loftus Durand – who broke the story of Choksi’s clandestine arrest and detention in Dominica, thereby forcing the island state court to intervene and thwart the alleged plan to rendition Choksi to India – told this reporter: “I am hearing from the grapevine that the state (of Dominica) is basically trying to do away with the matter. So I won’t be surprised if the prosecutor will just decide that they are no longer interested in pursuing the matter.”

Choksi and his family chose not to comment on the ongoing judicial process. Choksi was released on bail in July 2021 and returned home to Antigua.

The 19-page Antigua Police report dated June 25, 2021 confirms the claims made by Choksi and his wife Priti at the time of Choksi’s disappearance from Antigua on May 25, 2021. It also virtually dittos the complaint filed by London barrister Michael Polak in the matter on behalf of Choksi to London’s Metropolitan Police, or Scotland Yard, and the National Crime Agency in Britain, because the suspects were all seemingly based in the United Kingdom.

Questions that remain unanswered are the motive behind the alleged crime and whether the abductors were acting on their own or had a bigger entity behind them. This can only be clarified by further inquiry, either by the Antigua Police or British investigators or both. Choksi himself has alleged, according to the Antigua Observer, that the persons who abducted him were “operatives of the government of India,” a charge New Delhi rejects.

Pages 1, 2 of the Antigua Police report. Photo: Ashis Ray

The Antigua Police report, a copy of which is in this reporter’s possession, is based on investigations into hotel and villa bookings and car rentals made by the persons suspected to have kidnapped and tortured Choksi, as well as evidence gathered from CCTV recordings of the movements of the suspects in the island, records of taxis hired while they were in the country and the tracking of two yachts said to have been used to transport Choksi from Antigua to Dominica.

About the Indian-origin man ranked at the top of the list of suspects, the police report states that he checked in to Cocobay Hotel and ‘initially reported that he was alone but the hotel staff reported subsequently seeing him in the company of a female’ – identified as the other top suspect.

“At 19:43” on May 23,  2021 – the day Choksi went missing – the report states that the two top suspects and one other – a Briton from Essex in England – “left Antigua on an Executive Air charter flight (8P-EAL) and travelled to Dominica”. Documentary evidence in support of this is included in the report.

The report suggests a yacht named Calliope of Arne was the main boat that carried Choksi from Antiguan waters to Dominica – a distance of 188 kilometres. It says:

“On 23/5/21 Calliope of Arne cleared immigration at 09:20hrs but never left because later that afternoon a yachtsman reported seeing about three or four ‘mean looking characters’ aboard the Calliope of Arne still anchored in the harbor. At about 5:00 PM he saw the mast being hoisted slowly which raised his suspicion. After hoisting the mast, the boat sailed further out and began tracking from north to south and south to north continuously until after dusk when it was no longer visible. The witness reports that he did not see the ship the following day or ever since.”

The police report noted that when the yacht cleared immigration, it listed two suspects of Indian extraction ‘as passengers’. One was a British citizen; the other an Indian national. Both, according to their papers, were from Birmingham in England.

The Antigua Police report recorded:

“On 27th May 2021 Mrs Choksi spoke to her husband via telephone in Dominica and according to her, he reported that he was lured to meet (the Hungarian woman suspect) at a Villa #407F on North Finger in Jolly Harbour (in Antigua) with the intention of going to dinner. On arrival at the Villa he was pounced upon by about ten men of Indian and local descent. A hood was placed over his head after he was tied to a wheelchair and gagged and his phone and jewelry taken away. He was then beaten, tased and tortured before being wheeled unto a small boat docked at the back of the villa and taken out where he was transferred to Calliope of Arne. He was continually tortured and electrocuted (sic) along the journey which took him to Dominica on Monday 24th May 2021. On arrival at Portsmouth harbor [in Dominica], a Coast Guard vessel came and he was taken to shore where there were high ranking police officers awaiting who took him into custody. He was accused of entering the country illegally.”

The report then reveals: “On Tuesday 1st June 2021 inquiries led investigators to Villa #407F (Jolly Harbour) which was rented by (the Hungarian woman suspect) from 18th-24th May 2021. On arrival the villa was unoccupied and a forensic search uncovered small amounts of blood spatter and smudges on the living room floor and dining table along with a broken ceramic ornament on the floor indicating a possible struggle.’ Also found was the Hungarian woman suspect’s ‘travel itinerary’.

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  1. …well? This is da #Dadli_Deadli Connection!
    …and I’m sure! Fu sure! Fu shore!
    …you’ll recall the Italian Safarti
    …Bloom Cooper, and his melons!
    …we can even, do the dance called #retro!
    …as, we sing along to the Kennedy’s and Mellons
    ,,,but, one thing is certain
    …it’s always the same,
    …no one’s gonna take the blame
    …yet⁉️ And, yes again⁉️And, again!
    …from Safarti to Choski
    …these #Shennanigans, always happen,
    …under the Antigua Labour Party!
    …and, since they added Barbuda!
    …according to Asot! It’s mayhem and calamity!
    …now, Papi kum een! And, blow de #Conch_Shell fu we!

    R u tink Labour easy?
    Dem wus dan Prikkee_pay_cassie
    Wen it cum to Espionage!
    One? Two? Three?
    Hip hip hurray, to the ABLP!

  2. Pm give which green light ?? You want he name call up ?? He was the first to say the man run off with woman.. how he know that?? Not a green light he is giving

  3. All that are done in secret will come out in the light. God does not sleep. His way of light will shine on all darkness and the truth will be revealed.

    So, all the criminals and corrupt people may think, may feel, may believe that they can escape the real judgment. No WAY! Your day will come and sooner than you expect.

    The justice system of man is corrupt, but there is a GOD whose system of justice may appear slow, but it is CERTIN and PERFECT.

    You can run, you can hide, but no way can you escape JUDGMENT DAY.

    The heart of man is evil and corrupt. Man loves corruption, but soon and very soon the end will come. Your corrupt ways will be your destruction.

    Anyone who does not understand this simple TRUTH is a fool. A BIG FOOL.

    You hate TRUTH. Watch and see: TRUTH will bring an end to your Corruption.




  4. Choksie needs to understand that Antigua is not a safe haven for his criminal pass. He needs to one day man up and go face the music in his native land India. This will not go away. If you do the crime you have to do the time. He will have to prove his case in a court of law.

    • FROM THE SIDELINE I must say that you are always seeing a tree and not the forest. Yes, it is alleged that Choksi committed certain crimes in India and will probably have to face the court in India to clear his name. He is also an Antiguan citizen who was kidnapped from Antigua and taken to Dominica. It is alleged that the highest people in government in both Antigua and Dominica are involved in the Choksi scenario. That FROM THE SIDELINE is the “forest” you must also focus on and not the “tree” of Choksi’s alleged criminal activities in India.

      • I leave that for you to focus on. All I know is we have an unwanted criminal here who was able to obtain the Antiguan and Barbudan Passport. One of the negative effects of having this program. Some undesirables slip through the crack. Chocksie therefore is not a welcomed Citizen. As soon as his legal options are exhausted is out, he is going. We do not need to welcome criminals to our shore.

    • @From The Sideline…

      A…Choski is an Antiguan, and is entitled to ‘due process’ under the law, all the way to the Privy Council!

      B…Could it be, that the longer Choski stays in Antigua, and spends his billions to defend his ‘rights,’ as a citizen of A, B&R, that his efforts will uncover even more shenanigans, which would make his #KIDNAPPING from Antigua looks pale?

      C…between Asot Michael and Choski with their long bags of money, law enforcement(they did a balanced job with this kidnapping investigation), again law enforcement should be able to find enough evidence and work with the DPP to file charges against those responsible for the KIDNAPPING and the subsequent cover ups!

      • I will never deny him his rights under the constitution. And all that other is speculation.
        But once he has exhausted his legal rope, he will be kicked out of the country, back to his native land to face the music. Antigua should not become a hiding place for people with ill-gotten gains. Just the other day I was having dinner at a restaurant in Jolly Harbour and wath him and his family come in, and I thought how distasteful it was to share this space with a well-known alleged fraudster. Note I said alleged as one is innocent till proven guilty. But when you are trying to evade the law then it speaks for itself.

        • @From The Sideline…it’s almost certain, that there are dozens, of not hundreds of CONVICTED CRIMINALS roaming and living in Antigua & Barbuda with REDONDA allegedly owned by a California Gangster.
          The only reason why many of these criminals are not sought after, by the Government, of their forner homeland, is very simple. They’re not worth the time and monies to be extradite them back home.
          Some would have already served their time for their crimes, and have made Antigua, Barbuda and REDONDA their new stomping grounds.

          Choski wins all the way to the Privy Council, and so too will Asot.

          While, this is not about Asot, both cases clearly shows the MO – Modus Operandi of the ABLP!

          Use, U & U money den dash U dey a pah, lakka #Dead_Dawg!

          • As I said, all you do is speculate. That is good for you. When it comes to Chocksie we are not speculating. He is being wanted for crimes in his native land. And therefore we have a duty to send him back. And as for him winning all the way to the Privy Council, we will see. Time will tell. Leave the Asot case where it belongs.

        • @From The Sideline…#SPECULATION coming through the use of a SPECULUM(mentality of course, not the physical one which pries HUEman orifices) is always the best place to begin an investigation or reopen, an investigation into a crime, based upon the evidence(s).
          I’m glad you use “speculate” and not fabricate. Because, the fabrication of the crimes, from kidnapping to cover ups to bribery have being committed. It’s the speculation which will uncover the pieces to the puzzle, and bring the fabrication to light.

          As fur Asot, he should get as lit as he wants, call the CIA to Interpol to DEA to KGB, and bawl like he’s confessing to his priest.

          R u fraid Asot!

  5. If they can do it to a billionaire you don’t think they can do it to you? Wrong is wrong. Excellent piece of police work. Can we get them to train the rest of the force?

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