Mehul Choksi’s lawyer appeals for CARICOM intervention in alleged ‘kidnapping’


London, Jun 28 (PTI) UK-based director of Justice Abroad Michael Polak, who says he is acting for Mehul Choksi as part of his legal team, on Monday appealed for CARICOM (Carribbean Community) intervention for the wanted Indian businessman as a citizen of Antigua.

The lawyer claimed that Choksi, 62, was lured to a villa in Antigua, then attacked and beaten, bound and gagged, tied to a wheelchair, then transported out to sea and onwards to Dominica, in a ‘clear breach’ of the rule of law and a ‘big test’ for the political bodies of the Caribbean Community.

‘The kidnapping and rendition of Mr Choksi from Antigua to Dominica has drawn the world’s attention to the CARICOM region and we have yet to hear anything from this organisation on this tawdry affair and gross breach of an individual’s human rights,” said London-based barrister Polak.

‘The Secretary-General has been respectfully requested to speak out on this issue and a failure to do may reflect badly upon the CARICOM region as somewhere where the rule of law and due process applies,’ he said.

The lawyer said that a request for a meeting with Secretary-General of CARICOM, Irwin Larocque, and a public statement from the regional organisation has been made.

He noted that given that one of CARICOM’s missions is to ‘create a community… where every citizen is secure and has the opportunity to realise his or her potential with guaranteed human rights and social justice’, the organisation is being urged to speak out and take action in regard to these “very worrying events”, which have drawn the world’s attention to the region.

Meanwhile, Choksi faces illegal entry charges in Dominica and has been hospitalised since May 30. He faces legal proceedings as India seeks his extradition to face charges of fraud and money laundering related to the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case.

[Yahoo News]

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  1. Funny how he only knows CARICOM when it suits him. Go do your work yourself. You are getting paid the $$$ to defend him.

    • Choksi is innocent, just do your reading on what really is going on. I am proud to have Choksi as a fellow Antigua citizen brother.

  2. Kakafart! 😳 I think he has now gone where no man has gone before, lord God 🙄 somebody let me off this train, it ah go wreck to boombart!

  3. This is a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda, baught and paid for, Gaston, you need to do the right thing, you took this man’s money. Put it your pocket, now stand like a man for Antigua and Barbuda, and requist Your citizen back. You need to clean this up, we look stupid in the eys of the world
    Take care of this and move on, lessons learned.

    • Sounds like a Harold Lovell soundbite. Wheel and come again!!!

      Ship his fat ass back to 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳

  4. CARICOM members are most likely just as corrupt as world dictator traitor tyrant liar Gaston and his blood sucking pals. What is needed is international pressure to make all these scumbags be brought to justice.

    We the people need to start voting for persons who will only represent us, our nation and our nation’s best interests NOT THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS.

    Vote wisely. Those who vote for corrupt politicians are just as guilty and will also be responsible for our nation’s well being.

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