Saturday, May 25, 2019
Two members of the European Parliament, in a letter to senior EP leadership, have called for the termination of the existing EU visa waiver program for St Kitts & Nevis, citing a number of SKN passport holders, who acquired their Kittitian nationality through the Citizenship by Investment program, who are known to be career criminals, either currently wanted by the authorities, or already under arrest for white collar crimes.
They have a point. The Malaysian (1MDB) fugitive, Jho Low, and the Iranian banker known as Ali Sadr Hasheminejad (Pilatus Bank) are both named as holders of SKN CBI passports. The Russian national Andrei Pavlov, accused of criminal activity, appears to have been barred from EU entry, but he used his St Kitts CBI passport to enter the EU more than 30 times. The fact that Canada dropped St kitts & Nevis from their visa waiver program is also cited ion support of their position.
The complete text of their letter follows here:
Nasser Al-Khekaifi, the president of the Paris Saint-Germain football club has been placed under investigation for suspected corruption, as part of a five-year corruption inquiry; PSG is owned by Qatar. Al-Khelaifi is also chairman of of beIN Sports, and on the executive committee of UEFA.
If you are following the case where the Sierra Club sued the President to block his used of restricted Federal funds to build a border wall on the frontier with Mexico, you can read the court order blocking the use of those funds here.
Friday, May 24, 2019
AFTER SUPPORTING ALEX MORAN AS ITS "ECONOMIC ENVOY," ANTIGUA DUMPS HIM AND LIES ABOUT HIS DIPLOMATIC STATUS
When the news broke about the arrest in Colombia, on money laundering charges, of Alex Saab Morán's accountant and auditor, Antigua's Foreign Ministry affirmed his diplomatic status as" Economic Envoy," and placed an article in Caribbean media to the effect that Saab had personally denied that he was a money launderer, and that his arrested associates would be released, and the matter dropped. The article was an obvious piece of damage control, designed to raise questions of fact and issues of law about Saab, so that the impact of damaging news that Antigua is selling diplomatic passports to dodgy buyers would be minimized.
When it became public knowledge that Saab had indeed been indicted in the Republic of Colombia, Antigua very quietly distanced itself from the accused Colombian money launderer. It also evaded the fact that it had admitted he had been issued a diplomatic passport, by asserting that he did not have one, only a CBI passport, and that he was NOT a diplomat on behalf of Antigua. Any compliance officer with a bare minimum of skills know that Saab should never been issued any type of Antiguan passport, due to his well-known illicit activities on behalf of the Maduro regime, especially the country's president
Saab remains a fugitive from justice; his whereabouts are unknown, though three countries, including the United States, are seeking to arrest him. His Antigua-domiciled offshore bank, his close relationship with one of Antigua's major local banks, and his known friendship with the Prime Minister, all will be exposed, should he tried for his crimes. We wonder how Antigua will spin that information.