Court hold back Choksi’s repatriation, next hearing to be on 2 June

The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Dominica has agreed and ordered to transport fugitive Mehul Choksi to the Dominica- China friendship hospital for medical care and for the administration of the COVID-19 test.

Mehul Choksi
Mehul Choksi

Dominica: The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Dominica has agreed and ordered to transport fugitive Mehul Choksi to the Dominica- China friendship hospital for medical care and for the administration of the COVID-19 test.

The Supreme Court also agreed that it would depend on the result of the COVID-19 test that both participants shall have discussions as to the mutually agreed secure placement of the applicant (Choksi) and inform the court. 

The hearing was done before – Justice Justice M E Birnie Stephenson. 

The outcome of today’s hearing –

  • Choksi is permitted to meet with his Legal Counsel as is required.
  • The order directing the respondents, whether by themselves, servants, agents or representatives, from removing the applicant (Choksi) from the Commonwealth of Dominica until further or other hearing of this application is continued.
  • The respondents shall file and serve their affidavit(s) in reply to the application filed herein on or before 10:30 AM on Tuesday 1 June 2021.
  • The applicant (Choksi) can file any affidavit in response if it is required, on or before 3:30 PM on Tuesday 1 June 2021.
  • Liberty to apply for the applicant.  
  • The applicant has conduct of this order.
  • There shall be no publication or discussion, or notification of the press regarding this matter without leave and or permission of the court.

The next hearing would take place in an open court on Wednesday, 2 June 2021, at 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in the forenoon on the Habeas Corpus petition filed by the lawyers of Choksi. 

People who were involved in the hearing were – Mr Julian Prevost, Mr Wayne Nordé, Mrs Cara Shillingford-Marsh and Mr Wayne Marsh, Attorneys at Law for the Applicant and the Hon. Attorney-General Mr Levy A Peter on behalf of the respondents.