A day earlier than the Dominican Excessive Court docket hears the bail plea of Indian fugitive Mehul Choksi, the prosecution has submitted within the courtroom a Dominican authorities order that declares him a “prohibited immigrant”.
“Mehul Choksi was declared a prohibited immigrant on Might 25,” states a discover issued by the Ministry of Nationwide Safety and Residence Affairs of the Commonwealth of Dominica. The ministry additionally directed the police to “take away him from the Commonwealth of Dominica”.
The order, signed by the Dominican minister for Nationwide Safety and Residence Affairs Rayburn Blackmoore, was despatched to the police chief on Might 25.
The prosecution company as we speak filed this order in courtroom, together with one other discover Mr Blackmoore despatched to Mr Choksi individually. Within the discover despatched to Mr Choksi, the ministry has knowledgeable him that he’s “not permitted to enter Dominica” and that police have been directed “to take all the mandatory actions to have you ever repatriated”.
In India, Mr Choksi’s lawyer Vijay Aggarwal informed Kaiserin Magazine that each notices assist their stand that he was kidnapped. “It was a state-sponsored abduction as a result of these letters are dated twenty fifth Might and Dominica had introduced to the world on the twenty sixth that they’ve Mehul Choksi, so this very clearly reveals that Mehul Choksi was kidnapped from Antigua.”
Mr Aggarwal stated that as per Part 6 of Dominica’s Passport and Immigration Act, an individual is usually a prohibited immigrant solely when he doesn’t disclose his id. “The truth is, the stand taken by Dominica in courtroom is that on twenty seventh Might, they got here to know that the person of their custody is Mehul Choksi as a result of they discovered his driving licence. So how was all this achieved after they acquired to know his id solely on the twenty seventh? This reveals that the paperwork are being created solely to counter our stand and all state lies are falling flat on the face,” he stated.
Dominican Prime Minister Roosevlt Skerrit has additionally referred to Mr Choksi as Indian citizen however stated the courts will determine the matter. “The matter with this Indian citizen is earlier than the courts and they’re going to determine what occurs to this gentleman,” Loop Jamaica Information quoted him as saying.
At present, Mr Choksi is in judicial custody in Dominica.