“Choksi has become Dominica’s problem at this time. If he finds himself in Antigua, the problem reverts to Antigua and Barbuda. The preference of the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda is for Choksi to be repatriated to India from Dominica,” it added, reported IANS.
Earlier, Browne had remarked that Choksi will not be accepted by the Antigua and Barbuda, adding that he should be immediately deported to India.
Meanwhile, Choksi’s lawyer Vijay Aggarwal told ANI, “The case is pending in Dominica court. It’ll decide whether he is in illegal custody or not. Then it’ll be decided whether to send him to Antigua or India.”
On Wednesday, Choksi pleaded not guilty to illegal entry at his court appearance and was denied bail.
The magistrate has adjourned the matter to 14 June.
Choksi went missing from Antigua on 23 May, sparking a massive manhunt. He was captured in Dominica on 26 May. On 27 May, first pictures of Choksi emerged online, showing several signs of bruises on his arms and a swollen eye.
(With inputs from IANS and ANI.)
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