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(Antigua Observer) The Cabinet of Antigua & Barbuda has ordered a re-examination, by the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), of the applications of 19 passport holders who acquired Antigua & Barbuda citizenship through investment, on the suspicion that there was “political interference” in the decision to have them processed.

According to the Minister of Economic Investment Asot Michael, the review of the already approved applications of 17 Iranians and two Yemenis has begun.

Speaking at Thursday’s post-Cabinet press conference, Michael said that a source had made contact with himself and Prime Minister Gaston Browne while the two were in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) on government business “three weeks ago”.

“There was a very reputable businessman who was given a contract by the former administration to develop the entire port and to have exclusivity of the management for the port. He brought to light certain evidence about these Iranian passports,” Michael said.

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