Mehul Choksi may have to do time in ‘living hell’ Caribbean prison

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MUMBAI: Mehul Choksi could have succeeded in stalling the makes an attempt of a number of governments from repatriating him to India for now, however the fugitive diamantaire’s troubles could be getting worse. With a Dominican court docket ordering him to be put in a jail, he could quickly be despatched to a cell that’s nothing wanting a dwelling hell.
The prisons within the Caribbean are infamous for his or her appalling situations – with no correct washroom, sanitation- stench could be coming from the corners and the cell itself could be occupied by inmates triple its capability.
Considered one of Choksi’s Dominican attorneys raised a stink lately on the way in which the absconding Indian businessman is being handled within the island nation. “You’ve arrested somebody (Choksi) on suspicion. If rest room within the joint cell is just not working, then you’ve gotten that odor entire day. The inmates use the areas in corners to defecate and urinate or for some other factor they wish to expel from their physique,” he mentioned terming the Choksi affair as anti-Dom-Indi fiasco.
Lately the Dominican court docket ordered that the Indian businessman, recognized to reside in uber wealthy mansions, be despatched to the jail. His attorneys have argued that he’s unwell and managed to maintain him in a hospital. “Formally, sure,” agreed Choksi’s Antigua lawyer Justin Simon that his shopper has been ordered to be despatched to jail. “Attributable to his medical situation, he was returned to the hospital.
“Given his medical situation, staying in jail might be a problem; that may not be justice served,” Simon remarked and threw some mild on the state of prisons within the Caribbean. “As a spot of rehabilitation, they’re trash. To my thoughts they create an environment which inspires additional legal behaviour as a result of influences and dangerous situations.”
Lennox Lewis, the Dominica opposition chief, puzzled how lengthy Choksi can handle to remain out of the jail. “He isn’t within the jail presently and has not but skilled the situations on the state jail. Since spending 4 days in a cell at Police Headquarters, he has been in hospital below police guard,” the Dominican chief mentioned.
So pathetic are the prisons within the area that Britain refused to deport an Englishman accused of rape in Antigua final 12 months. He was finally extradited, however solely on the situation that he wouldn’t be put in terrible Antiguan jail.
“I can level to a case right here in Antigua that concerned a British cop who was accused of rape right here in an island,” Algernon Watts, a social and political commentator and a radio speak present host for 20 years on the island, informed TOI. “He went again to England. After we needed to have him extradited to Antigua, Briton refused saying that the jail right here is inhuman. We needed to signal a contract with England that he is not going to be housed within the jail. Though he’s convicted of rape, he’s being held in a facility that was utilized by the US naval base. He was convicted final 12 months. He’s within the outdated US Navy base. That’s how dangerous the prisons within the Caribbean are.”
The Antiguan jail was in-built 1735, and it has 5 occasions the capability of inmates housed there. In some situations, 8-10 prisoners are stored in a single cell, simply as within the jails in Dominica. “There isn’t a toilet facility contained in the cell, they’ve to make use of one bucket of water to make use of all their day by day chores. It’s there for the entire day. Subsequent morning, the prisoners take it out, wash it. It’s horrible and deplorable, stuffed with stench. Simply the opposite day one inmate caught Covid and he contaminated it to the whole jail,” Watts revealed.
A media skilled from Antigua and Barbuda has felt Choksi, who resided in essentially the most prosperous locality in Antigua, could possibly be in for an actual shock when he’s despatched to the jail. “Antigua or Dominica, the prisons are horrible. Truly, horrible is an understatement,” he mentioned.

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