The woman named in the kidnapping of Indian-born diamond dealer Mehul Choksi has reportedly been arrested in Abu Dhabi, according to reports in this morning’s edition of the Daily Observer.
The news item written by Observer Journalist Shermain Bique-Charles alleges that Barbara Jarabik was arrested following a red notice issued by Antigua and Barbuda, as investigations into the kidnapping of Choksi continue.
Jarabik, in interviews with various media houses, has claimed however that she had met Choksi over breakfast on the day he was allegedly kidnapped, but left for the airport and was on the other side of the island when it happened.
Choksi was initially charged with illegal entry into Dominica. He was later released on medical grounds and the charge was subsequently dropped.
A probe remains underway on the basis of Choksi’s complaint to the police that he was abducted and beaten and taken to Dominica by men working on behalf of the Indian government.
The 63-year-old received Antiguan and Barbudan citizenship in 2017 through the Citizenship by Investment Programme.
The Indian government has been vigorously trying to get Choksi extradited to his native country to answer to charges that he defrauded the Punjab National Bank of millions of dollars.