AgustaWestland ‘middleman’ Christian Michel on starvation strike, kin flag ‘delay’ in trial

A DAY after Christian Michel, the alleged intermediary within the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal, started his “indefinite” starvation strike in Tihar Jail, his members of the family on Friday mentioned they had been “very concerned about the trial never happening” and urged the British authorities to intervene.

Michel had sought the UK authorities’s intervention in a letter to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson final month, saying he would stay on a starvation strike until it took motion.

Michel’s authorized crew has contended he was extradited to India by the UAE in December 2018 in change for the return of Princess Latifa, the estranged daughter of the ruler of Dubai who was reportedly forcibly taken off a ship in worldwide waters off the coast of India in March 2018.

Speaking from Paris, Michel’s spouse, Valerie, mentioned: “It’s been three long years with absolutely no trial, no justice… My husband has no choice but (to resort to) a hunger strike. We are worried for his physical, mental and emotional health.”

Tihar Jail Director General Sandeep Goyal mentioned, “None of his rights have been violated. He has been given regular counsellor access as per procedure. He went on a hunger strike yesterday… We are monitoring his health; if medical intervention is required, it will be provided to him.”

Advocate Aljo Joseph, who represents Michel in courtroom, mentioned the utmost punishment he may face was as much as seven years and he has already served 50 per cent of his sentence whereas awaiting trial. “Every other person (in this case) has been granted bail within a month or 15 days,” he mentioned.

Michel’s bail utility is listed for listening to earlier than the Delhi High Court on December 2.