Sale of passports raise security concerns, says political leader
- Published on Monday, 25 November 2013 10:00
- Written by Ken Richards
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St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Team Unity’s Dr Timothy Harris says the government should address urgently and in a holistic manner, the Canadian and American concerns surrounding the sale of St Kitts and Nevis passports under the Citizenship by Investment programme (CIP). According to Dr Harris, the programme has been compromised to some extent, by the incident which led the Douglas administration to announce back in July that the country would, with immediate effect, exclude Iranians and Afghans from the CIP. An Iranian national alleged to have arrived in Canada with a St Kitts and Nevis diplomatic passport is said to have raised alarm bells in North America, with security issues at the forefront of those concerns.
“And when you look at some of the issues raised by Canada, it is that some of these beneficiaries of citizenship later then change their names, and they adopt different names so their history in a sense is being eroded. And that could create serious significant security risks to member states,” Dr Harris explained.
The Iranian at the heart of the Kittitian problem is reported to have been carrying a diplomatic passport from the federation. Dominican Thomson Fontaine, an avowed critic of economic citizenship programmes, says while selling passports without adequate due diligence is bad enough, indulging in the sale of diplomatic passports is even more dangerous. The Denzil Douglas government has so far not responded to the claims being made about the alleged sale of diplomatic passports and the Canadian reaction.
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