The Cabinet is tight-lipped about the woman who allegedly was involved in Mehul Choksi’s abduction from Antigua and Barbuda.
During the post-Cabinet press briefing on June 3, journalists sought to get information from Minister Melford Nicholas on whether the woman exists and is, in fact, still on island.
But while Nicholas admits that Cabinet has received briefings on the matter, he tells the press that he cannot divulge any information which could jeopardize the investigations.
Meanwhile, a top priority for the Government is boosting security of the shorelines and implementing mechanisms to prevent further instances of residents leaving here and illegally entering other countries, says Nicholas.
He notes that, at present, there is only limited protection by the Coast Guard, which is unable to patrol the entire coastline at any one time.
His remarks were in reference not only to the Choksi matter, but a recent case in which a young man stole a boat from the St. John’s Harbour and ended up in St. Kitts.
Nicholas says that securing the borders will be a costly endeavour for the Government, but it has to be done.
“Should it be borne out – in fact and in the courts – that Mr. Choksi himself was abducted and would have left one of our ports, then clearly that represents a matter that has to be rectified going forward,” the Cabinet Minister says.