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Fugitive captured in Dominica

Regional 31 May, 2021 Follow News

Mehul Choksi allegedly embezzled $1.5m

An Indian businessman who is wanted in his homeland for alleged fraud, is imprisoned in a Dominican prison since disappearing from Antigua where he has lived as a citizen by investment for the last three years.

Mehul Choksi, who was held in Roseau on May 26, is wanted on multiple charges for embezzling 135 billion rupees (KY$1.5million) from the state-owned Punjab National Bank. Choksi, 62, a diamond trader by profession, fled from India in January 2018 and ended up in Antigua.

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said: “We have asked the Dominican government to detain him for entering their country illegally, to make him persona non grata and have him deported directly to India.”

But opposition members insist Browne has not carried out the right procedures to seek extradition of Choksi under Antiguan laws despite a request pending from India. They say that India’s request for extradition is in abeyance.

In the latest media photos of Choksi he is seen behind bars, his eyes swollen in one. In more photos, he shows bruises on his arm. Choksi’s lawyers allege he was abducted from Antigua, and taken to Dominica by boat where he was arrested to facilitate his repatriation to India.

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