July 5, 2020

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

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news-item-st-kitts-1024-1024x450By National Post From St Lucia News Online

NATIONAL 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.

For more on this story go to: http://www.stlucianewsonline.com/caribbean-greed-blamed-after-canada-punishes-st-kitts-and-nevis-over-its-buy-a-passport-program/#sthash.7S8Vq6uB.dpuf

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