Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

MEHUL CHOKSI DENIED BAIL BY DOMINICA MAGISTRATE

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A magistrate’s court in Dominica has denied bail to Mehul Choksi after the Caribbean country’s state attorney cited the 11 cases in India and extraditio­n proceeding­s the fugitive diamantair­e faces in Antigua and Barbuda and said he could be a flight risk, the local media reported. The matter was adjourned to June 14 when the illegal entry matter against Choksi will be heard.

Sherma Dalrymple, the state attorney, told the magistrate on Wednesday that Choksi entered Dominica illegally on May 21 while listing the charge regarding this against the fugitive. Choksi’s family and lawyers have maintained he went missing from Antigua on May 23. Dominican government’s claim that he entered the country two earlier than what his family claimed has raised further questions on the circumstan­ces under which he actually reached the island.

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