Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Thursday, December 26, 2019

CARIBBEAN CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT PROGRAMS: A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER



Why would an affluent individual choose to avail himself of the Citizenship by Investment (CBI/CIP) Programs currently offered by five of the East Caribbean states ? Most Western countries, such as the US, Canada and UK among them have similar programs of their own.

Legislation and administrative safeguards that are in place in the Western democracies are well known. The fact that such controls are not in place in Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts & Nevis and St Lucia is not an indictment of their programs, it is an indictment of the toxic combination of greedy political elites, and uneducated, uninformed or duped voters in these East Caribbean CBI states.

Common sense dictates that, since the First World countries have their own equivalent of CBI programs, why don't these passport of convenience shoppers  go directly to their well-managed programs, to arrange their purchases ? Would not any affluent law-abiding, honest, tax-paying, globetrotting and above-board businessman needing visa-free international travel privileges want to be in possession of an American, Canadian or United Kingdom passport any day, rather than those from the East Caribbean, which have restrictions, for example, on free travel into North America ?

The news stories that abound of late, regarding corrupt financing of the recent national election campaign in the Commonwealth of Dominica, are not being ignored by officials in the US, UK and Canada, as they incriminate Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and the staff of his CBI program. Substantial evidence supporting this fact has been gathered by Confidential Informants acting on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division, confirming that PM Skerrit's program of providing passports questionable and unscrupulous individuals who are hostile to United States Foreign Policy interests has created a clear and present danger to the National Security of the United States and its pro-democracy allies.

Dominica's Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, an individual who was raised in humble circumstances,  has corruptly used state power first to enrich himself, and secondly to acquire the resources needed to finance his political party and election campaigns, by shadowy and allegedly corrupt CBI facilitators and consultancies. Dominicans point to the new Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski. a 151-room luxury resort, which opened in October 2019, and was developed by Range Development, a CBI facilitator, managed by Mohammed Asaria, a controversial figure with CBI clients in Iran, Yemen & Sudan, all countries subject to international and United States sanctions.

Another CBI facilitator, Montreal Management Consultants, headed by Anthony Haiden, and based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is reportedly linked to a number of individuals with ties to foreign intelligence operatives hostile to US & UK interests.

CBI facilitators often create and sell impressive project presentations to desperately poor island governments, under the pretense of creating jobs, and upgrading the local economy, when in truth and in fact, it is deception. Most of the developers' shares of the CBI program are collected in advance, and thereafter a sub-standard construction project is completed, after which the builders sell of their shares and move on to another project in the Caribbean.

Dominica has become politically unstable of late, due to violent government suppression of peaceful protests. There is an increasing probability that the current Skerrit regime could be toppled, due to the possibility that the Prime Minister, and other senior members of his government, will be arrested or extradited to the United States, to face charges of money laundering and Conspiracy to Threaten the National Security of the United States.

Any new democratically-elected Dominica government would certainly strip the dodgy CBI passport holders of their citizenship and void their travel documents forthwith. CBI passport holders are unaware that their expensive passports may soon be useless, depriving them of their entire citizenship investment, which they belatedly have already learned does not grant them free access to all Western countries. Purchasers of CBI passports from the East Caribbean are taking on much more than they bargained for, and they are generally unaware of all increased risk that they have assumed when they accept what they believe to be a valued travel document.








 

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