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Prime Minister Skerrit says “rights of Mehul Choksi will be respected”

by: - June 7, 2021
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Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit broke his silence on the ongoing saga involving fugitive diamond trader, Mehul Choksi, who arrived in Dominica from Antigua on May 23.

Skerrit declared in a statement that the “Mehul Choksi’s rights will be respected” and “the courts will decide on the next course of action”.

“The matter with this Indian citizen is before the courts, the courts will decide what happens to the gentleman and we will allow the court process to go through, I do not like to get involve by making public statements in these matters,” Skerrit said.

“His rights will be respected as has been done thus far and let the court decide what will happen. We have no issues in so far as the matter relates to Antigua and or India, we are part of our own community and we must recognize our duties and responsibilities in this regard.”

The businessman is wanted in India for bank fraud in Punjab National Bank.

Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi had fled India in the first week of January 2018, weeks before the PNB scam rocked the Indian banking industry.

Choksi has been charged for illegal entry in Dominica.