Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Saturday, September 22, 2018

IF GOVERNMENT FALLS IN DOMINICA, WILL CBI PROGRAM BE AXED ?



A Parliamentary Motion of No Confidence has been filed in the House of Assembly of the Commonwealth of Dominica, by Opposition leader Lennox Linton, against the country's sitting Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit. Rampant unrestrained corruption of senior government officials, especially in the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) program, exerting undue influence upon the country's judiciary, armed suppresion of peaceful protest and dissent, and a descent from real democracy into quasi-dictatorship, are just a few of the complaints the people of Dominica have against their Prime Minister; No wonder they want him removed.

The Concerned Citizens Movement continues to conduct peaceful public protest, outside of the Assembly chambers, closely guarded by the armed paramilitary police, clad in camouflage battledress, who have deployed a dozen Chinese armored vehicles to the area, and closed streets, in an effort to control the protests.



Readers who read our recent article on the political charges brought against Opposition leaders, regarding alleged efforts for regime change that occurred after protests in 2017, the Court has set that matter for hearing on March 28, 2019; charges were only made available a couple of days ago, raising additional questions about whether the charges are purely political, and have no legal or factual basis. Disclosure of Discovery must be made by the last business day in December, 2018, according to the asigned magistrate judge.

The most pressing question is whether, if Skerrit is removed as PM, will Dominica's corrupt Citizenship by Investment (CBI/CIP) program be scrapped ? Many of the recipients of those CBI passports have been career criminals or sanctions evaders, subsequently arrested for criminal acts by law enforcement agencies in other countries. Dominica passports, held by native-born Dominicans, have become regarded as high-risk by customs and immigrations officers in Western Europe and North America, and there is a serious concern that the continued issuance of CBI passports to criminals by Dominica will result in more interrogations of citizens upon arrival abroad, baggage inspections, and extensive questioning about the purpose of a visit. will the CBI program be terminated under the next government in Dominica ?



Thursday, September 20, 2018

PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATORS PROTESTING KANGAROO COURT IN DOMINICA CONFRONTED BY GOVERNMENT'S STORM TROOPERS

Protestors display the Jolly Roger at High Court.

 Peaceful protestors in front of Dominica's High Court, where leading Opposition figures face a trial tomorrow on trumped-up charges that they engineered a failed coup d'etat in 2017, face off against Dominica's paramilitary police, in camouflage fatigues, complete with assault rifles and Chinese armored cars. Opposition leaders, including Lennox Linton and Joshua Francis, were required to report to Magistrate's Court, in advance of tomorrow's trial. 



Sources inside Dominica's legal community have reported that attorneys from Trinidad and Tobago were summoned to Roseau by Government, and secretly sworn in, to allow them to conduct a criminal prosecution that most legal experts claim is politically motivated,  brought solely for the purpose of removing Opposition leaders' voices from the ongoing conversation about rampant govermental corruption in Dominica, by imprisoning them on bogus charges. There was no effort to overthrow the government.

 
Dominicans are also outraged that the Government is seeking to pass legislation, on a fast-track basis, which will essentially eliminate Freedom of Speech, of Peaceful Assembly, and of Association, and massive protests are expected tomorrow, when the trial commences.

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Photographs by Dominica News Online.





Wednesday, September 19, 2018

NEW TECHNOLOGY TO BLOCK FACIAL RECOGNITION OF IMAGES WILL NOT BE EFFECTIVE AGAINST AML COMPLIANCE


The unveiling recently of a program that can block facial recognition software /AI identification of images received a lot of industry attention, but we should be mindful of limitations which seriously curb its effectiveness, as against law enforcement investigators or compliance officers.

The new product was created by individuals who were unable to post their photographs on social media websites, due to the sensitive nature of their military occupations. After leaving the service, they formed a company, ID-D, whose product can digitally alter images, to render them unreadable by facial recognition/Artificial Intelligence algorithms. To an untrained eye, an image so rendered reportedly does not appear to have been altered, but it cannot be read or accessed by an FR program.

The effectiveness of the product, which has multiple potential applications for corporations and governmental entities, is limited to those images to which it has been applied. Compliance officers, or law enforcement investigators, employing FR programs to identify targets, are accessing images in every category, from social media and social networking images taken of, but not by, the target, news and CCTV footage, and official and government issue photos. none of these images were posted by the target, and he cannot alter them. Generally, we are not even aware that many of these photos are being taken, or they may have been taken in the past, and are available to investigators.



Therefore, all the untouched inages of the target, on the 'web or elsewhere, will be identified by the FR program user. Only the altered photos are blocked. Given these limitations, and for the appropriate purposes, the program can be an effective anti-crime tool, but it will never defeat the use of FR in criminal or civil investigations.

INDICTED ANTIGUA BANKING REGULATOR LOSES YET ANOTHER APPEAL FROM EXTRADITION ORDER



Leroy King, the last major player not yet tried in the Stanford International Bank billion dollar Ponzi scheme In the US, has lost his latest appeal of an extradition order filed in Antigua.. The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court has rendered a decision adverse to King, who, as Antigua's banking regulator, allegedly conspired with convicted Ponzi schemer R Allen Stanford, to hide the true nature of Stanford International Bank's criminal activities from US regulators.

Leroy King and Allen Stanford
 
King's extradition request, filed by the United States, has been pending since 2009. His multiple appeals, judged by many legal observers to be dilatory and without any merit, have been curiously allowed by the courts, giving rise to allegations of systemic governmental interference with the process, reportedly due to allegations of his personal knowledge of facts involving other, as yet uncharged, Antiguans who accepted massive bribes and kickbacks from Stanford, who is now serving what amounts to a life sentence in an American prison.

Attorney David Dorsett

The fact that King's attorney, David Dorsett, also represents Mehul "CBI" Choksi, the Indian bilionaire fugitive who is also fighting extradition, has led many to question whether any major criminal defendant can ever be extradited from Antigua, where the Rule of Law seems to repeatedly been ignored by courts that allow fugitives to file repeated frivolous appeals, and where the same attorneys seems to be consistently successful. when the law and the facts are against their clients. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

FACIAL RECOGNITION SOFTWARE FOR AML/CFT LOOKS AT A BROAD RANGE OF IMAGE RESOURCES




If you think that the utility of facial recognition software platforms for AML compliance is limited to searching social media and social networking sites, you are misinformed. Facepoint, the Paris-based firm that combines facial recognition technology with Artificial Intelligence, has its own extensive proprietary database of what it calls Heightened Risk Individuals, and also extracts image data from a wide variety of sources, including those in the Cloud, behind paywalls, and on government sites.

  Additionally, a good compliance officer knows that one's image searches may return positive results from resources accross the information spectrum, and he does not ignore any of them as a possible source of new intelligence about his target:

(1) Images from corporate websites can identify your target's true identity, his work associates (who may now be his partners in crime), and the source of any special skills or technical expertise, which may bear upon present criminal activity.

(2) Evidence that your client, though claiming to be a private businessman, may actually be a military officer, government executive, director of NGO or nonprofit or even a PEP, could be adduced from his presence in group photos.

(3) Fraternal, social, professional or nonprofit association website images might cause you to classify him as a PEP, or alternatively, rule him out as one.

(4) Reports of financial crimes, in faraway places, yet covered by local media there, may prove instructive, even if no conviction is obtained, due to flight to avoid prosecution, or the payment or bribes to insure dismissal of all chaeges.

(5) Investigative news stories, detailing criminal organizations, could return images tagged with your target's name, or that or a close associate, requiring further inquiry.

The large number of images available to the compliance officer, through facial recognition software programs, each represent a potentially fruitful avenue of inquiry when performing Enhanced Due Diligence investigations.   


Monday, September 17, 2018

INDIAN FUGITIVE "CBI" CHOKSI IS EVADING EXTRADITION IN ANTIGUA ON BOGUS GROUNDS

Star Wars comes to Antigua: Jabba the Hutt lives there

Mehul Choksi, Antigua's Poster Boy for all that is wrong with his "adopted" country's CBI program, ia not shy about detailing all his defenses, his bogus reasons why he should not face justice in a court of law in India. They are either an insult to our intelligence, or a cruel joke being played upon his victims in India.

Taken directly from his recent interview with Media from India:

(1) I have a cardiac condition, and decided to see foreign doctors for medical evaluation.
(2) I cannot travel to India for medical reasons; I need bed rest, and continuous monitoring and medical supervision.
(3) If I return to India, I may be lynched in prison.
(4) My assets were seized, and I cannot afford an attorney to defend me.
(5) My server, with all my documents, has been seized, and therefore I cannot defend myself in court.
(6)  I am the victim of a political prosecution in India.
(7) I took Antiguan citizenship (CBI/CIP) to expand my business.
(8) My attorney is contesting Antigua's right to deport me pursuant to Commonwealth extradition laws.

Note that Choksi, accompanied by his two bodyguards (who are also fugitive Leroy King's bodyguards), is gorging himself in Antigua's empty restaurants, and freely moving around town. He is neither chronically ill nor infirm. His corpulent appearance is not slowing him down, as he enjoys his ill-gotten gains.

He's laughing all the way to Antigua's banks, through which he reportedly moved multi-million dollar sums, all of which are the proceeds of crime, as he, and other dodgy CBI passport holders drive Antigua further towards international Blacklists in the eyes of North American and EU governments.





$5bn FUGITIVE MALAYSIAN FRAUDSTER WITH ST KITTS PASSPORT TELLS HIS SIDE OF THE STORY


 Jho Low, the Malaysian fugitive fraudster who was the central player in the $5bn 1MDB scandal, and who has a St Kitts Citizenship by Investment (CBI/CIP) passport, has opened a website, to tell his version of the events surrounding the massive fraud; Truth is always stranger than fiction.

We continue to see media reports from Asia stating that Jho is seeking refuge in St Kitts, where he believes that he will be safe from extradition, due to his CBI passport, and his billion dollars in "flight capital."

Readers who wish to review his statements may access the English version here.