On 30 May, The Hindu reported claims by the Antiguan PM that India sent a private jet to Dominica carrying documents related to the deportation of fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi. Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi are wanted in connection with the Punjab National Bank (PNB) case. Modi is in a London and is contesting his extradition to India. Choksi took citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda in 2017 using the Citizenship by Investment programme before fleeing India in January 2018.
On 30 May, Bulawayo 24 News reported that a new report has illustrated the depth of gold smuggling in Zimbabwe, estimating that over 70% of the country’s output has found its way into backdoor international markets. ‘Illicit Gold Markets in East and Southern Africa’, from the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime’s said the 10% to 30% of authorised buyers still selling bullion to the state-run Fidelity Printers and Refiners (FPR) were only doing so to keep their licences. It is said that about 50% of Zimbabwe’s estimated 1,5 million artisanal and small-scale gold miners (ASGM) have been spiriting away the yellow metal.