Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has said he is not aware of “any conclusive evidence” but there is information in public domain that diamantaire Mehul Choksi was abducted and law enforcement agencies may be having some “persons of interest” after their research.
Mr Choksi, wanted in ₹ 13,500 crore bank fraud case in India, had mysteriously gone missing on May 23 from Antigua and Barbuda where he has been staying since 2018 as a citizen.
PM Browne was responding to questions of an opposition MP in the Parliament who asked him whether the Scotland Yard or any other investigative body found any evidence that Mr Choksi was taken to Dominica by “involuntary means”.
“Mr Speaker, I am not aware of evidence but this information is in public domain that Mehul Choksi was abducted. And, I am aware that law enforcement here would have done some research and perhaps may have some individuals of interest but as far as evidence is concerned I am not aware that there is any such conclusive evidence,” PM Browne said, according to a clip of Parliamentary proceedings shared by media outlet Antigua News Room.
He also replied in the negative when asked if the Scotland Yard or any other agency has contacted his government about the alleged abduction of Mr Choksi.
Mr Choksi was detained in neighbouring island country of Dominica for illegal entry after a possible romantic escapade with his rumoured girlfriend.
His lawyers alleged that he was abducted from Jolly Harbour in Antigua on May 23 by policemen looking like Antiguan and Indian, and brought to Dominica on a boat.
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Scape Goat City!!!!!
So now they have persons of interest? I thought he absconded with his girlfriend. God just keeps unravelling this fiasco before our eyes.
I thought chubby was a married family man with no “girlfriend” in the picture!!!! Who is this mystery woman and where is she????
Didn’t the liard Prime Minister say that there was no evidence of a kidnapping.
Why doesn’t Gaston just shut his mouth
It is quite evident to anyone with a little brains that this man was kidnapped. You tell me why the boat captain was allowed to leave Dominica without charge but Choksi is being charged with illegal entry? Antiguan government, you gave him citizenship, so he should be your problem and not Dominica’s. Stop hiding behind the red shirt comrade in Dominica.
Corruption cannot stamp out corruption
Could we stop paying the Commissioner of Police and add his salary plus perks to that of the Prime Minister?
It has become very obvious that the PM is doing the Police’s job. By the way, give him Frankie Thomas’ salary too.
This is just crazy, unheard of (except with Dictator Duterte in the Phillipines), and definitely unacceptable. When will all this madness end?
DESCENT INTO MADNESS you need to go to the head of the class.
@Descent into Madness: You asked. When will all this madness end? It would end,when we the People go to the polls and voted Gaston Browne’s arse and his band of Old Renegades out of Public Office. Then we would run their arses out of TOWN.I have a freshly bought stretched and stuffed with wires Bull Pistle. I would be using it as a cane.LOL.
Gaston you chat too fast and too soon!!!! You talk over the other ministers… They don’t even get a chance to speak on their own Ministry… Hush Minister Prime Minister. You need to keep a still tongue sometime… Its just a wise thing to do…
So, if the leader of the opposition in parliament did not pose this question to PM Gaston Browne, the public would not have been informed about people of interest being questioned by the Antigua Police Dept regarding the abduction of Choksi.
The Hon. Jamal is finally stepping out of the shawdows of the UNelectd UPP bigshots and is doing his “thing” as the duly elected LEADER, the one and only, of the official opposition. The more he distances himself from the unelected big shot wannabees, the more effective he becomes.
What people of interest? Most of the people of interest are back in London and St. Lucia so I am sure we will have to depend on Scotland Yard and not the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda. Is Prime Minister Gaston Browne a person of interest since he appears to have much information on the abduction? He was the first one to disclose that Choksi went on a romantic dinner in Dominica with his girlfriend. If I knew that Choksi was going to Dominica with his girlfriend I would have recommended Pappiyot restaurant in Trafalgar where he would enjoy the delicious mountain chicken.
Persons of Interests in this Choksi matter.He did speak on persons of Interests in the matter of the murdered Customs Officer Nigel Christian.Then the PO-PO arrested persons and charged them with his murder.Would we be seeing persons arrested in the Choksi matter shortly? I am voting for Gaston Browne as the next Commissioner Of Police in Antigua. Because he does very well in that area for which he was not Elected. He is the spokesman for the Antigua and Barbuda Police Force.Just wished he was that on tracks with the work he was selected to do.That of Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda.
World dictator traitor tyrant liar Gaston Browne has no business being involved in any criminal investigations whatsoever. Nothing but political interference every time it’s a high profile case.
The cop who was caught in Grenada with blank passports is very likely involved.
all involved with Choksi’s abduction and kidnapping. The Bulgarian woman was paid and also part of the abduction scheme.
This is the leader our nation has. This is the kind of trash representing the people of Antigua and our nation.
Vote wisely. Our future and your children’s futures all depend on how you vote.
You see how he does tell lie. Have to cover it with another lie. He lie! He damn lie. He’s a fibber. Time to lock him up. Time to vote he out. I’m so sick of Gaston mouth.
If Gaston Brown speaks 50% less 50% of our problems would go away
Where is the Minister of National Security and the Minister of Foreign Affairs on this Chuski matter? Not a word on such a serious matter. WhT is left for the people to think, is the shit about to hit the fan..?
This guy is going to be the downfall of the Labour Party. He’s running a one man show and thinks too highly of himself. The sad thing is the people around him are too cowardly to tell him when he’s wrong and to just shut up sometimes. In time he will cause his organization to implode. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” Proverbs 16:18.
The MOUSTACHE NEVER SEE’S A MICROPHONE THAT HE DOESN’T LIKE..
THE PEOPLE THAT THEY PORTFOLIO FALLS UNDER THE CHOSKI CASE SPEAKS LITTLE OR NOT, JUST LIKE A TRUE DICTATOR.
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