Mehul Choksi's UK lawyer seeks probe into alleged kidnapping
Mehul Choksi’s UK legal representative Michael Polak has made a number of appeals for a probe into the jewellery tycoon's alleged kidnapping as he remains in prison custody in Dominica.
Polak has approached CARICOM, a 15-country strong organisation centring around the Caribbean region, to ask for assistance and raising awareness concerning Choksi’s alleged kidnapping from Antigua to Dominica, ET Bureau reported. Polak has also approached the UK’s Scotland Yard to request a probe into the matter.
“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 Polak, the Press Trust of India reported.
Choksi, who is accused of fraud at the Punjab National Bank in India, is being held in prison custody in Dominica as the island’s authorities have accused him of illegal entry into the country. Choksi claims he is innocent and was brought there against his will. Choksi is currently being treated in hospital in Dominica for elevated blood pressure and stress.
“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,” said Polak.
Choksi’s mysterious journey from Antigua, where he was residing as a citizen, to Dominica has caused a political stir in the region as the opposition party in Antigua have accused prime minister Gaston Browne of playing a part in it, which he vehemently denies.
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