The legal team of fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi in London has approached the Metropolitan Police under the Universal Jurisdiction Provision to request Antigua and Barbuda to investigate his alleged abduction in neighboring Dominica. This information was given by lawyer Michael Pollack. Pollack said Choksi was deported to Antigua and Barbuda, where he had the right as a citizen to approach the British Privy Council on matters of citizenship and extradition, while Dominica did not have this right.
He said that UK courts and UK police have ‘universal jurisdiction’ to investigate such cases, wherever they occur. Pollak, who is part of Choksi’s defense team, told the media via video conferencing that the Metropolitan Police has a unit to investigate torture, war crimes and genocide, wherever they occur.
There is evidence of torture in the case: Pollack
Pollack said the Metropolitan Police said they would send an investigator to see what happened. He said the process is with the Metropolitan Police and we will let them conduct their own investigation. We say that there is evidence of torture in this case. Pollack indicated this, but did not say that Indian agencies were involved in this. He said that I think the motive really speaks for itself. This is a very important thing to see. India certainly wants to try and take Choksi to India. The fact that there was an Indian plane in Dominica showed what was happening there.
The people involved in the kidnapping had rehearsed in April
Pollack has alleged that those involved in the kidnapping rehearsed it in April. Giving details of the kidnapping attempt, Pollack said that Barbara Jabarika, who escorted Choksi to an Airbnb residence on May 23, specifically asked her owner if there was a place to park a small yacht behind her. Reflecting on the conversation between Jabarika and the property owner, Pollack said he had discussed taking over two adjacent properties after receiving confirmation about the docking place for the boats.
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Pollack named them in the complaint
Pollack alleged that a property was used by his accomplices who were part of the kidnapping team. The lawyer claimed that soon after the abduction, Jabarika left Antigua and Barbuda for Dominica in a private plane at 7.26 pm. Apart from Jabarika, Pollack allegedly named Gurdeep Bath, Gurjit Singh Bhandal and Gurmeet Singh in the complaint. Bath and Bhandal are citizens of St Kitts respectively while Singh is an Indian national living in the UK.
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