INDIA TODAY: The case in Dominica involving fugitive diamond trader Mehul Choksi has taken yet another turn. Booked on charges of illegally entering the Caribbean nation, Choksi’s case was heard by Chief Magistrate Candia Carette-George at the Magistrate’s Court in Roseau.
The prosecution, led by Dominica’s Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Sherma Dalrymple, told the court that it is “ready to proceed to trial”. Dalrymple also took the opportunity to introduce the addition of Indian lawyer Harpreet Giana to the state’s team of prosecutors.
However, Mehul Choksi failed to appear in court on June 14 for the commencement of the trial.
Instead, his lawyers presented a medical certificate signed by a doctor from the Dominica China Friendship Hospital where Choksi has been a patient for the past two weeks. The medical certificate says that Mehul Choksi was a “no show” in court since he was suffering from “mental stress” and experienced high blood pressure.
Chief Magistrate Carette-George later adjourned the matter. It will now be heard at 9 am (Caribbean time) on June 25. The judge has also ordered for Choksi to be brought to court on June 17 for further remand.
Mehul Choksi will remain under police guard as a patient at the Dominica China Friendship Hospital until the next date of the trial.
Choksi’s legal team has also employed the services of Dyer & Dyer, a legal firm run by veteran Dominican criminal lawyer Zena Moore Dyer and her daughter Gina Dyer Munro.
One of the key accused in the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam, Mehul Choksi fled to the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda in 2018. He was arrested in May of this year for illegally entering neighbouring Dominica.
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