CARIBBEAN: ‘Greed’ blamed after Canada punishes St. Kitts and Nevis over its buy-a-passport program

By National Post

news-item-st-kitts-1024NATIONAL POST – The Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis had harsh words for the excesses of the buy-a-passport program that got his Caribbean country on Canada’s bad list.

It was “all because one man was caught up with his greed and hubris and self-interest,” Prime Minister Tim Harris recently told his country’s parliament, as reported by the St. Kitts and Nevis Observer.

Anybody with $250,000 could buy a St. Kitts and Nevis passport without so much as visiting the island nation. The country even started selling diplomatic credentials, most notably for Iranian businessman Alizera Moghadam, who entered Canada with a diplomatic passport he claims to have purchased for $1 million.

The United States soon warned that “illicit actors” were freely roaming the globe under the St. Kitts and Nevis name.

And to Parliament, Harris laid the blame on predecessor Denzil Douglas, whom he ousted in a February election.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY

(8)(0)
This article was posted in its entirety as received by stlucianewsonline.com. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

7 comments

  1. To whom it may concern
    As a citizen of ST.Kitts. Nevis I am very embarrass of the loan sharks, so called leaders who are involve in this scheme to filled there pockets to sell whosoever Passports
    Shame on you

    (0)(0)
  2. Advertisement
  3. I hope the politicians and people of st Lucia are taking note and paying very close attention if you need any more evidence that this Program is a disaster well let's wait as usual. Lol even before this happened we had the Saudi prince doing his thing now this comes out of the Kitts program. Boy oh boy they're things change the More they stay the same. Pandora's black box is now
    Opened

    (2)(0)
  4. Advertisement
  5. CIP is a disaster waiting to happen . We must look way ahead to see it.

    (2)(1)
  6. Advertisement
  7. Folks listen I might not be the brightest of the bright ones out there but if we as st lucians don't wanna stand for this bullshit we act against it..let those politicians know who they serve and who put them there and the same way we put them there we can take them out...there is power in unity and unless we start thinking along tht path and behaving in tht manner they will always ridicule us. If we were a pro active nation both side long time would have humble their behavior . let's not wait for 5 years to get them out ..get them out whenever they mess up

    (13)(2)
  8. Advertisement
  9. Increasingly the evidence is coming out that even though citizenship by investment programme or whatever name it is called, might be a good thing in principle, in the hands of greedy and unscrupulous administrators it is being manipulated for obvious personal gain.

    This latest fad severely tarnishes and damages the name of the respective countries leaving the international community as seeing our leaders as prostituting their countries via CIP. Is St. Lucia following and now joined that unscrupulous and cavalier band of third world countries. Time always reveals and light always exposes dirty deeds of the night

    (9)(0)
  10. Advertisement
  11. Mr. PM please take note, I'm all for economic development and foreign investment but not at the sacrifice of the name and credibility of out small island nation.

    (15)(2)
  12. Advertisement
  13. I hope the "wise educated " ones take note.

    (16)(0)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.