'It was all a plot,' says Antonio Carbone after more than 2 years behind bars in Dominican Republic
Carbone faces an attempted murder charge for the 2014 bombing of a casino manager's car, but there are serious questions about the credibility of the evidence.
Perhaps the biggest hole in the accusations comes from the would-be victim, Fernando Baez. Baez originally said in a statement to the district attorney that he narrowly escaped the blast and was alive only by chance.
Yet Baez subsequently told The Fifth Estate he was driving a different vehicle — not the Jaguar — when he came home from work that day, and that he was already up in his penthouse apartment when he heard an explosion.
Carbone blames his continued detention on Baez and what he says is a plan to remove him and his brother from the Dream Casino project.
"This was all a plot, scheme to defraud the Carbones from day one of their assets," he said. "Dream was estimated at $540 million so we're talking about the largest… conspiracy in the Dominican Republic."
Carbone and his family have reached out to Global Affairs Canada to intervene on his behalf numerous times over the past couple of years.
Canada's ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Steve Cote, said in a March 2016 letter to Carbone's family that officials have "advocated" on his behalf.
"The allegations you are citing regarding corruption and extortion are taken seriously," Cote wrote. CBC News reached out to Cote's office for further comment but did not receive a reply.
Still locked away, Carbone says he regrets ever getting involved in Dream Casino. He has lost control of his business, hasn't seen his family in almost two and a half years, and says he fears for their safety if they were to visit the Dominican Republic.
"It breaks my heart. They haven't been able to come to the country," he said. "I could not expose them to come here and being exposed to... possible violence or death attempts on their lives."