Fugitive businessman, Mehul Choksi, has been denied bail at the Dominica High Court and deemed a ‘flight risk’ by Judge Wynante Adrien-Roberts.
That decision was handed down on Friday, June 11.
Lawyers representing Mr. Choksi argued that he is entitled to bail and that his alleged offense is bailable one with a fine of EC$ 5,000.
They however, asked the court to impose a cash bail.
Choksi’s lawyers also sited that their client is unwell and is, therefore, not a flight risk.
However, advocate Lennox Lawrence on behalf of the state, opposed Choksi’s bail on account of him being a flight risk and having an Interpol red notice issued against him.
Mr. Lawrence further stated that Mr. Choksi’s medical condition is not an issue simply because he has received the necessary medical attention.
Mehul Choksi went missing from Antigua and Barbuda on May 23, the island where he had been residing as a citizen since he left India in January 2018.
He showed up in Dominica and was detained and was subsequently charged with illegal entry into the island.
According to his lawyers, he was kidnapped from Antigua and forcibly brought to Dominica on a boat.
The criminal case is scheduled for Monday morning at 9 AM.