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Antigua and Barbuda police probing Mehul Choksi’s abduction claim

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Antigua and Barbuda police have started an investigation into the abduction claim of fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi.

The investigation started after Choksi’s lawyers provided names the diamantaire suspect were behind his abduction. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has confirmed that his country’s police have launched a probe into the abduction claim made by Choksi.

Last month, Choksi went missing from Antigua and Barbuda and was later found in Dominica. He was arrested for illegally trying to enter the tiny Caribbean nation and is currently behind bars. His bail plea has also been rejected.

What Antigua and Barbuda PM said

Browne said “I got a message saying Mehul Choksi has filed a complaint with the Antiguan and Barbuda Police to the extent that he was abducted. He made a formal claim in writing to his attorneys that he was abducted from Antigua and taken to Dominica. It is a report that the police have taken very seriously and they are currently investigating the abduction.”

“ At the onset, I said that it is unlikely that he was abducted because Antigua and Barbuda do not have the culture of abduction, no ransom call was made at the time…He is now making a claim…An inquiry has begun into the conduct of the individuals he listed in their correspondence as possible abductees,” he added.

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The prime minister also said, “Abduction is a serious matter. The law enforcement and the executive would be very concerned if it is true that Choksi was abducted. It requires greater vigilance and greater surveillance of our borders and that we make sure we step up on our security.”

Mehul Choksi wanted in PNB scam

Mehul Choksi is sought by the Indian agencies in the Rs 14,000 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) loan scam case. He fled India in 2018 after the scam came to the fore and settled in Antigua and Barbuda by gaining citizenship through the investment route.

Last month, he went missing in Antigua and a few days later, he was nabbed in Dominica for illegally trying to enter the tiny Caribbean nation. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne had earlier said that the fugitive diamantaire should be sent back directly to India.

 

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