Alternative People’s Party statement on Mehul Choksi matter

We note, with keen interest, the activities which are taking place around Mr Mehul Choksi, someone who has been described as an Indian fugitive. Based on media reports, the judicial authorities in India are interested in Mr Choksi to stand trial for criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, cheating and dishonesty including delivery of property, corruption, and money laundering.

This is a serious matter, and if found culpable, Mr Choksi should pay the penalty for the alleged crimes. It is our wish, however, that the law is well represented in dealing with the accused, and all those involved in the unfolding fiasco. It is visually apparent that Mr Choksi sustained physical injury, and there have been media reports which support the same. The Alternative Peoples’ Party (APP) therefore calls for the protection of Mr Choksi while in legal custody.
Article 5 of The United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR), to which Dominica is a signatory, declares that “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment.” Our party strongly believes in this and every other article of the UDHR, and we pray that the rights of Mr Choksi’s wife and other family members will be respected as well. We support the legal due process hearings which are
currently underway in the Dominica Courts.

When the present cloud which hovers over this matter is settled, it is our wish that justice would have been served on all involved. We must do all in our power to ensure that our country’s image is safeguarded through this diplomatic impasse. As a party, we believe in the rule of law and peoples’ full protection under the law. We also believe in, and promote the people’s constitutional right to speak, especially on such serious matters. Let us, however, do so in a
responsible manner.

APP reserves any further comments until this matter is settled, and we call for a level of responsibility and public transparency in its resolution. We trust that the legal system will function to its full capacity in dispensing the best legal remedy to the Choksi matter.

We will continue to stand in defence of our country and its people.

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7 Comments

  1. So I See It
    June 11, 2021

    Agreed, it is right the property judicial procedures should take place and be allowed to do so without political interference.

    Therfore, there is no need for a political statement.

    Most calling for the law to be upheld are the same ones demanding the govt get involved. Makes no sense.

  2. %
    June 9, 2021

    Stuppesssssss.
    I regret i read this…..!
    I wonder if this APP is serious…..Sounds like a set of real JOKERS!!!
    When will you all talk loudly on ONE of the millions of issues affecting this country at a public meeting?
    The corrupt CBI issue
    The Choksi Issue
    The giving of big projects only to foreigners
    Thievery in goverment
    Government assing just Labourites
    Bribery
    Should ministers of govt have money not belonging to them to share??
    The disrespect going on in Parliament, etc
    Underhand dealings of our leaders

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  3. Ibo France
    June 8, 2021

    This statement is just an exercise in academia. There is nothing much to garner from it. It’s just bland.

    The APP has become very predictable. Whenever there is any national scandal or one of heightened public interest expect the APP to ‘cash’ in for political gain. After public interest wanes, the party goes incognito.

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  4. BobD
    June 8, 2021

    Passport selling, is the child of globalization. The likes of Mr Choksi, Have swollen the coffers of some of the Passport Trafficking Nations, Dominica included. While asking for leniency is always the cool thing to do in a court of Law, Mr Choksi is a different Animal, an International Criminal who have the ability to pay his way out with the MONIES pilfered from bank of which he was an employee. The impoverished Islands are Tailor made for Malfeasants of Mr Choksi’ kind, where a Passport can be worth as little as a few thousands, to millions of dollars, no one knows the the true price. to the mis-informed Christians, “Dis is what selling your Soul to gain the World looks like in real time”. The Covid Vacs received from India, is going to be used as the bargaining power play for the returned fugitive, and Dominica cannot say no to DAT. “Cockroach doh play infront Fowl” is the lesson that need learning.

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    • Gary
      June 9, 2021

      Such a ludicrous statement to suggest that “Passport selling, is the child of globalization” such a nice phrase for entertainment, that is where it belongs. You may not like something, that is fine, but you’re not liking should not be irrational, if so, you are just opening up yourself to being ignorant regarding the issue. How silly you are to suggest that The likes of Mr Choksi, have swollen the coffers of some of the Passport trafficking Nations, Dominica included, wow, is this what you are using as your premise to discredit Dominica CBI program or any other Citizen by investment programs used by Governments around the world, bring some reason or rational to the table to before you make such statements.

  5. Jonathan Y St Jean
    June 8, 2021

    What hypocrisy. So APP doesn’t know of Mr Choksi’s link to Antigua where he became a CBI citizen in 2017? It is not mentioned at all in this gibberish that the man is an Antiguan citizen and the holder of a Caricom passport. My take is that the APP would have done just like the Labour party and sent Choksi to India without due process, since they have failed to even mention that it’s from Antigua that he arrived in Dominica. Once again is the APP pimping Dominca like they do to needy citizens who they give a token handout to. This statement is hypocritical and shameful. Is APP committed to the OECS and Caricom? Watch those wolves in sheep’s clothing.

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  6. Bwa-Banday
    June 8, 2021

    Too many “NICE SPEECHES” and “Feel Good” positions coming from the novices in this party. They, yes all of them need to go a Moon-SerWEE-Yea public meeting and learn, then talk to CCM, NJAM, Lennox and even “Z” in NY :mrgreen: :mrgreen: to better understand what we are being faced with now. Only revolution can save Dca.

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