The matter involving fugitive diamantaire, Mehul Choksi has been adjourned yet again.
During a court hearing on Monday, June 14, 2021, Attorney at Law Zena Moore-Dyer, took lead for the defense as the matter was deliberated.
According to a statement she gave the court, she was retained by the defense late on Friday evening.
She expressed her dissatisfaction to the court for what she described as being a partial disclosure that was made to her co-council, Cara Shillingford-Marsh.
She also raised issues at the presence of two parties of ‘Watching Briefs’ representing the government of India and the attorney general office of Dominica respectively. She was quoted as saying “In my forty years of practice, I have never seen watching briefs for the attorney general office nor a representative from the country of the accused in an illegal entry hearing.”
Wynant Adrian-Roberts, the presiding judge in the matter, dismissed the issue of the watching briefs and instructed the lawyer for the prosecution, Lennox Lawrence, to ensure that full disclosure was made.
Mr Lawrence then informed the court that full disclosure would be made by tomorrow (Tuesday, June 15). He went on to say, however, that the defense is requesting documents that are not necessarily pertinent to the matter of illegal entry which was being tried today.
The defense team provided a medical certificate excusing Mr Choksi for his absence while Mrs Dyer explained that the defendant informed her over the weekend that he was unwell. He was instructed to seek further medical attention.
The certificate expires on the 15th of June.
Mrs Dyer made a further application that the defendant is allowed to seek another medical doctor ‘private and of his choice’. The judge dismissed this motion stating that while he is incarcerated he is entitled to medical care which is provided by the state and that there is no provision for a person on remand to be able to choose their own private doctor.
Due to his absence, the matter could not proceed as scheduled. After a brief discussion on the matter of a new date, the prosecution team asked the record to show that they are ready to proceed and urged the court to set the soonest possible date.
Adrian-Roberts adjourned the matter to Friday, June 25, 2021. She also informed that the defendant is excused until the 15th while he is at the Dominica China Friendship Hospital under police supervision, after which, he would be brought back on remand.