Henley & Partners wishes to place on record that the allegations made against the firm in a recent blogpost about Caribbean diplomatic passports by the convicted criminal and now self-proclaimed “financial crime expert” Kenneth Rijock are completely without truth or foundation.
Mr. Rijock, who by his own admission has served time in a federal prison for money laundering and has several consumer complaints against him for false reporting, wrongly claims in a seriously defamatory manner that Henley & Partners was involved in an attempt by a businessman to secure a Grenadian diplomatic passport.
This is simply not true and we reject every aspect of this fake story, republished without question or interrogation by Caribbean News Now.
The ‘wire transfer’ document relied on in the fabricated story is clearly bogus – we do not bank with Wells Fargo and have no account in the name cited anywhere.
We have referred the entire matter to our legal advisors and to cyber intelligence specialists.
Henley & Partners has distinguished itself as the global leader in residence and citizenship planning, and has been a trusted advisor to both private clients and governments across the world for more than 20 years.
We remain committed to working closely with all stakeholders to ensure that the highest levels of due diligence, professionalism and international best practice are applied in our industry.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP), attorney-at-law Trinidadian, Kaisha Ince, has denied reports that a Ukrainian businessman was repaid US$1 million after he failed to obtain a Grenada diplomatic passport.
“This information is false we do not sell diplomatic passports. Grenada don’t have a diplomatic passport selling programme, what we have is a Citizenship by Investment Programme and the passport provided under that programme is a regular passport,” said Ince who is also a legal and commercial advisor to Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell.
“What is provided to persons who satisfy our due diligence process is a regular passport,” she said.
The local Foreign Affairs Ministry has also confirmed that only people with diplomatic portfolios working on behalf of the government are afforded diplomatic passports.
Grenada, like several other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries provide citizenship to foreign nationals under its CIP in return for making a substantial investment in the socio-economic development of the island.
Grenada receives a continuous flow of applications through its local agents but because no name was mention in the article, the Government official said that they are unable to confirm or deny that an application was made by the alleged Ukrainian.