The legal team for fugitive jeweller Mehul Choksi in London alleged on Thursday that he was kidnapped on May 23 by four UK nationals, three of whom were purported of Indian ancestry, and transported to Dominica from Antigua and Barbuda, where he was protected as a citizen.
According to the legal team lead by lawyer Michael Polak, the four travelled from London to Antigua and Dominica, giving a thorough description of their purported movements over a period of one and a half months. Polak, who represents Justice Overseas, an organisation that provides legal services to “people incarcerated abroad,” said they had also filed a complaint with Scotland Yard in the United Kingdom.
“The aim of this action (alleged abduction) was to remove the protection that Mr Choksi enjoys in Antigua, by way of his right to appeal… to the Privy Council in London.”, Justice Abroad said.
Choksi has claimed that a woman named Barbara struck up a friendship with him and assisted in his kidnapping, while his wife has named “Gurmit” and “Gurjit” as the kidnappers.
Singh and Bhandal attempted to dock a yacht at Dominica port during their April trip to the Caribbean, according to Polak. The April expedition, he believes, was “a reconnaissance or failed attempt to capture Chok.”
“This case is a vital test for the legal systems of Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda,” Polak added, describing the incident as “pirate diplomacy.” and a political litmus test for the Commonwealth to see if the rule of law and individual rights are respected.” He also called the Dominican authorities’ charges of illegal entrance “ridiculous,” claiming that Choksi had a right to travel to Caribbean countries as an Antigua citizen.