Lost in the drama of the Ali Sadr Hasheminejad Iran sanctions trial in New York, but important nevertheless, is the fact that Sadr's attorney attempted to keep details of how individuals pay $150,000-$250,000 to St Kitts & Nevis, to secure a Citizenship by Investment (CBI) passport, and thereby conceal their true nationality. Did the attorneys fear that ordinary people, such as the Sadr jury, might actually think that Sadr's acquisition of a new nationality, from a dodgy offshore jurisdiction, conflicts with his claims of innocence? He dd use the SKN CBI passport to visit Europe and Asia.
Sadr used the St Kitts CBI passports (he has four), reportedly all with slightly different spellings of his name, and versions of his name, to obtain companies in Switzerland and Turkey, which allowed him to move the Venezuela money to his father's control. Are the CBI passports not an important component of a concerted effort to conduct a sanctions evasion program, which relies upon deception and misdirection ? No wonder Sadr's lawyer was so anxious ro keep the truth from the jury.