A Dominican court on June 3 denied bail to Mehul Choksi for illegally entering into the Caribbean island nation from Antigua.
Choksi, pleaded before the magistrate that he was abducted and forcibly brought to Dominica from neighbouring Antigua and Barbuda, about 100 nautical miles away, Dominica media reported.
“Various non-nationals in Dominica are on bail for similar matters, so we are of the view that bail can be granted to our client. Let stringent conditions be added to the bail condition, including a bail sum of $ 10,000 double the maximum penalty, for illegal entry,” Choksi’s lawyer argued in court.
The Dominican government contended that bail should not be granted to Choksi as he is a flight risk.
“Choksi has no ties in Dominica hence it would serve him no purpose not to flee the island if bail is granted. Choksi has an Interpol Red Notice against him as he is facing charges for 11 offences in India,” submitted Dominica countering the arguments of Choksi’s lawyers.
After hearing both the sides, the Magistrate rejected the bail plea of Choksi.
“Given the severity of the matter, I am not convinced to grant bail,” Magistrate Candia Carrette-George ruled.