Millionaire Bailed For Medical Treatment After Caribbean Kidnap, Torture Claim

A millionaire diamond magnate who claimed he was kidnapped and tortured has returned to Antigua and Barbuda for health care therapy after staying granted bail by Dominican authorities.

Mehul Choksi, 62, returned to Antigua before this 7 days after currently being held in the island nation because May just after the Dominican Higher Court docket dominated he could not get enough healthcare treatment there, according to the Indian Categorical.

The final result is a victory for Choksi’s authorized staff who claimed their customer experienced been kidnapped from Antigua and tortured and had been forcefully whisked away to Dominica where by he could be extradited to India, the nation of his beginning, where he is wished above his alleged portion in a $1.8 billion financial institution fraud case.

Law firm Michael Polak, of the lawful team Justice Abroad, mentioned Choksi experienced faced an ordeal that experienced “a harmful effect on him bodily.”

Mr. Polak instructed Newsweek: “We are incredibly pleased that the Dominican Court has manufactured the principled and humanitarian decision to release Mr. Choksi so that he can accessibility expert medical care in Antigua.

“Mr. Choksi has been through a quite tough handful of months and has been subject to an ordeal which has had a harmful outcome on him bodily. It is the right final result that he be ready to return to Antigua, wherever he can access the healthcare awareness that he requires to be with his family members.”

The millionaire, who attained Antiguan citizenship in November 2017, just before he was required by Indian authorities, renounced his Indian citizenship in July 2018.

He experienced been embroiled in a legal struggle in Antigua exactly where authorities proposed to eliminate his citizenship in Oct 2019.

But, Mr. Polak claimed Choksi was kidnapped by a London-based team with the purpose of extraditing him to India, by using him to Dominica.

In accordance to the Indian Specific, after Choksi was arrested in Dominica, a jet carrying brokers from India’s Central Bureau of Investigation touched down in Dominica in hopes of returning him to India.

The outlet added, having said that, that Choksi’s situation experienced arrived at the Dominican courts on grounds of unlawful entry, forcing the jet to make its extensive return.

In a assertion presented to his lawyers ahead of getting handed on to Newsweek, Choksi mentioned he had been compelled onto a boat and was tortured all through his journey.

Mr. Polak before advised Newsweek that when Choksi arrived in Dominica, he was held in a 20-sq.-foot cell and had almost nothing inside of, which includes no mattress for him to rest.

Newsweek has contacted the governments of Antigua and the Commonwealth of Dominica for comment.

Choksi is wanted by Indian authorities
Mehul Choksi attends Lakme Style week Get together on October 12, 2007 in Mumbai, India. Choksi arrived back again in Antigua for clinical procedure.
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