Basseterre, St.Kitts (Friday November 22nd 2013):-The deepening scandal surrounding the sale of Diplomatic Passports which erupted when Iranian national Alireza Moghadam entered Canada a few months ago on a St. Kitts & Nevis Diplomatic Passport is widening with substantial risk to the citizens of the beautiful Twin Island Federation.
At a large public meeting of the UNITED Movement at Parray’s St. Peters, the Team Unity leader Dr. The Hon. Timothy Harris told the huge crowd that Canada and the USA had threatened VISA reforms adverse to St. Kitts & Nevis had the illegitimate Douglas regime not suspend the participation of Iranians and Afghans in the federation’s Citizenship by Investment Program.
“Our good name is tarnished, our relationship besmirched by the mis-leadership and recklessness of Denzil Douglas. It is not just that our Citizenship by Investment Program must change, we want a change of this illegitimate Douglas government.”
The Former Minister of Foreigne Affairs ,Dr. Harris, pledged greater transparency and accountability of the Citizenship by Investment Program under a UNITY government and he offered to redeem the country’s good name. Dr. Harris said “Douglas has done enough harm to the country’s finances having bankrupt the country, undermined the economy and reduced it to a state where it is offering a minimum wage job as a blessing to young people. Minimum wage keeps the young, talented people among the disaffected poor. Our young people deserve better and UNITY will deliver decent full time and sustainable jobs for the people of St. Kitts & Nevis.”
The Popular and Charismatic UNITY Leader, informed hundreds of nationals in attendance and thousands listening via radio and online broadcasts with hundreds more viewing via video stream, that officials of the U.S government are concerned over the citizenship by investment program and in particular the due diligence and scrutiny that is applied. “They were here on Wednesday and Thursday in meetings with government officials such as Cabinet Secretary Joseph Edmeade. This fiasco relating to the reckless sale of diplomatic passports will not go away soon,” said Dr. Harris.