Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Thursday, May 27, 2021

INDIA SEEKS CUSTODY OF ITS FUGITIVE, WHOSE LAWYERS FIGHT BACK

The truth about the confusing Choksi incident has finally become known; he was duly taken into custody (a/k/a kidnapped) by a pair of law enforcement agents from his native India, assisted by members of the Antiguan Police, blindfolded, roughed up a bit, taken away in a fast speedboat,  and delivered to the Dominica Coast Guard Police, who placed him in the local jail in Roseau, in isolation.

Antigua's Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, when contacted by Dominica authorities, allegedly advised that Choksi was in Dominica illegally, and was considered persona non grata and, deported to India. Thereafter, a jet was dispatched from India, to repatriate Choksi, and face justice. His Indian captors then reportedly retired, to await the arrival of the transport.

Choksi's attorneys in Antigua engaged local counsel in Dominica. Three of them, initially denied visitation with their client, eventually were permitted one to consult with Choksi, who complained about his injuries and treatment, and expressed fear about his well-being should he be returned to India, where he has been charged with a $2bn fraud.

Apparently the lawyers, Wayne Norde,Wayne Marsh and Cara Shillingford-Marsh, then petitioned a local judge of the High Court of Justice, as local media is reporting that what amounts to a temporary  restraining order was thereafter issued, to stop the country's Chief Immigration Officer from allowing Choksi to be repatriated. There will be an emergency hearing held tomorrow, May 28, 2011, at 9:00 AM.

We shall be closely monitoring the outcome of that hearing, and shall forthwith report on any decision or ruling that occurs. Choksi remains in police custody.

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