Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Monday, June 26, 2017

MORE CBI BLOWBACK: CANADA INSTITUTES VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR ANTIGUA & BARBUDA

 A government announcement from Antigua today advised that, effective 0530 local time tomorrow, July 27, Antiguans wishing to visit Canada must first obtain a visa. Although Antigua has instituted  a number of reforms and upgrades to its Citizenship by Investment (CBI) program, risk factors for the region's other CBI programs, as a whole, have increased, which may be the reason for this new visa requirement, or de-risking programs instituted by North American financial institutions.

Canadian consultants familiar with the country's negative experiences with CBI passports holders from St Kitts & Nevis, and the Commonwealth of Dominica, may be responsible for the new visa rule, and not any problems or issues involving Antigua. Dominica in particular has been a source of trouble for Canada, specifically Iranians holding Dominican CBI, and/or diplomatic, passports and citizenship*. A number of these individuals have been deported; others are presently being held, in custody, by Canadian immigration authorities. 

Readers who wish further information, from an official source, may obtain it from Canada Immigration News. The Canada Immigration Newsletter, Canada Enforces Visa Requirement on Citizens of Antigua & Barbuda here.
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* More details can be found elsewhere on this blog.

UK BORDER FORCE DETAINS ARRIVING DOMINICA TRAVELER, SAYS HE IS FROM "HIGH RISK" COUNTRY



According to a report filed today, a traveler, with a passport from Dominica, arriving in London last Friday, in transit to the EU, was detained by UK Border Force, questioned at length, and had his bags and computer searched. He was reportedly told that he was traveling from "a high risk country."

This incident confirms that many Western nations are regarding individuals holding passport from Dominica, where foreign nationals may freely obtain Citizenship by Investment (CBI) passports, or even diplomatic passports, are being closely examined. Note that the traveler was only in transit, and not intending to enter the UK, but was still subject to detention, search & questioning at length, indicating the validity of his passport was one of the issues confronting the UK Border Force officers who detained him.

We have been predicting, for some time, that ordinary Dominican citizens would soon find themselves the subject of unwanted attention, at immigration checkpoints abroad, due to the publicity surrounding the possession of Dominicans passports, by career criminals, international sanctions evaders, and organized crime members. It appears that our concerns were justified.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

IS DOMINICA HAWKING ILLEGAL DIPLOMATIC PASSPORTS BECAUSE ITS CBI PASSPORTS HAVE SUBSTANTIALLY LESS VALUE THAN OTHERS ?



While most Caribbean commentators have focused upon the fact that corrupt senior government officials in Dominica are illegally selling their diplomatic passports for big bucks (foreigners not authorized by the Geneva Convention of 1961), there is also another another major reason: "ordinary"  Dominican Citizenship by Investment (CBI) passports are valued at a much lower rate than those of the competition, Antigua & Barbuda, and St Kitts & Nevis. It is possible that agents are steering prospective clients away from considering Dominica, in favor of other jurisdictions offering the same product, forcing Dominica to push diplomatic passports, to snare the customer.

One of the leading international agent firms, which attracts CBI prospects on a global basis, and which calculates the value of passports, based upon a number of factors, including how many countries a certain country's passport will get you into, visa-free, lists Dominica as substantially less desirable than both Antigua and St Kitts; It is down on the list near Serbia, if you need a point of reference. You have to believe that they are pushing clients towards SKN and A & B, rather than Dmonica.

Remember, Alireza Monfared ALSO had a CBI Dominica passport, in addition to the diplomatic one. he probably found out, the hard way, that a Dominica CBI passport was not as valuable as he had been led to believe.

Therefore, we ask again, to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Who are the holders of the 425+ diplomatic passports issued by your office ? Dominica only has a small number of authentic diplomats. How many Iranians, Russians, Chinese, Venezuelans, and Cubans have one ?


ARE YOU BANKING ANY NGOs USED BY TERRORISTS ?

Illegal Hezbollah observation tower, Lebanese-Israeli border
  
A loose confederation of environmental groups, principally those who advocate extensive planting of trees, to improve denuded areas, use the title "Green Without Borders." This non-governmental organization appears to have been co-opted by the designated terrorist organization, Hezbollah, which has placed observation towers within the Lebanese-Israeli frontier zone restricted to UN peacekeepers, and marked them with the NGOs logo and name. Obviously, Hezbollah wants to use any future, wartime destruction of these towers for propaganda purposes. They have conveniently promoted this NGO in Lebanon as a peaceful entity, dedicated to tree restoration in denuded areas of the country.

The real NGO


The Hezbollah-controlled bogus NGO

Terrorists, as well as criminal elements, have been known to unilaterally adopt the identities of NGOs, which are powerless to prevent or suppress such actions, and abuse those non-profit entities, for an illicit purpose. This action serves as a warning to compliance officers to always thoroughly check out the activities of any and all NGO bank clients, especially if they happen to be located, or operate in, high-risk areas or regions, lest you find out one day that your customer's good reputation is being used for a dark purpose.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

CANADA DEPORTS IRANIANS HOLDING DOMINICA AND OTHER CBI PASSPORTS, AND DETAINS OTHERS



The Department of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees Canada has deported to Dominica a number of Iranian nationals, all holding CBI passports from that country; it has also deported additional Iranians, present in Canada, and in possession of CBI passports from other East Caribbean countries, back to the countries that issued their passports.

Other Iranians remain in custody in Canada, also with CBI passports, due to the fact that they were to be deported directly to Iran, and then alleged that they will be subject to political persecution, and possible imprisonment, if returned to their native country. In truth and in fact, several Iranians, under arrest and detention in Canada, face imminent execution if repatriated, since they committed major fraud, and grand theft, in Iran, and are simply criminals, seeking to relocate, and evade justice. How did these individuals obtain CBI citizenship, in Dominica, and elsewhere, given that they were known to be career criminals ?

According to the CBC, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is conducting a criminal investigation of several international companies that are agents for East Caribbean government entities CBI passports, which are then used to enter Canada. These are the same firms that are prominent in delivering clients to Dominica and St Kitts & Nevis, and who also were involved in vetting their applicants, who turned out to be fraudsters & thieves. Were their criminal backgrounds overlooked, due to the lucrative nature of the CBI business ? 




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL OF PANAMA IMPLICATES PRESIDENT VARELA AND JUSTICE JOSE AYU PRADO

Ex-Fiscal Ana Matilde Gómez
 Ana Matilde Gómez, the former Attorney General of Panama has implicated the country's president, Juan Carlos Varela, accusing him of participating in multiple illegal acts, while acting as Vice President, between 2009 and 2014. The ex-Attorney General also named the president of the Supreme Court of Justice of Panama,  José Ayú Prado,  for corrupt acts he allegedly committed, during the period when he was the lead prosecutor in charge of the organized crime division.

Many Panamanians, and North American expats, have voiced their opinion, that President Varela does not want ex-president Ricardo Martinelli to be extradited to Panama, to face justice in the pending cases against him, because Martinelli will then name many current government officials, including Varela, for their involvement in corruption, and other illegal activity. Ms. Gómez reportedly made these accusations on a local television program, in Panama City.

MIAMI JUDGE DEFERS RULING ON EXTRADITION AND BOND FOR FORMER PANAMANIAN PRESIDENT



The efforts of counsel for Ricardo Martinelli, the fugitive ex-president of the Republic of Panama, to obtain bond yesterday, during his pending extradition proceedings, were thwarted when the Court declined to immediately rule on his bond request. A motion to dismiss the extradition was  similarly deferred, though the judge indicated that there would be a ruling next week.

Martinelli faces massive corruption and illegal surveillance charges in his native Panama, which is abuzz with rumors that he is either cooperating with US law enforcement, or intends to cooperate, something which could implicate the country's current president, Juan Carlos Varela,  several members of his cabinet, and a number of judges on the Supreme Court of Justice. Bond is rarely given during extradition proceedings, due to the risk of flight. Martinelli's reported wealth, due to corruption, is not known, but has been estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Martinelli was reportedly taken into custody at a waterfront mansion he allegedly purchased for $8m cash, since he relocated to Miami, ahead of the filing of criminal charges in Panama. He has at least thirteen separate criminal cases filed against him there; One source claims that there are over two hundred independent investigations of criminal conduct pending at this time.