By Kenneth Rijock
A senior representative from Canada Immigration has advised that the agency is, as a matter of policy, flagging incoming traffic from Dominica, St Kitts & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda, St Lucia and Grenada, all the East Caribbean states with active Citizenship by Investment programs.
Canada is unable to determine who is or is not a CBI passport holder.
This action is due to the agency’s concerns about the identities of CBI passport holders, who may have had a different name, place of birth, and/or date of birth entered into the passport than the correct information.
Whether the passport photograph is of the holder, or has been swapped out from the photo originally attached in the East Caribbean are also concerns, based upon what they have been seeing.
The agency is also examining the names of relatives that the arrivals are purportedly visiting, and the other visa data to ensure that the holder of the passport is truly the individual listed therein.
Probing interviews (are they really interrogations?) occur after the arrival is detained. and often involve extensive waiting time, until an interviewer is available.
Given the denial many West Indians are exhibiting about the consequences of operating CBI programs with defective due diligence investigations of applicants, this information may give them a dose of reality, before they arrive and find they are now considered high-risk in Canada.
Meanwhile, there are multiple reports that all of Dominica’s financial institutions, whether local or branches of international banks, are now refusing to accept any Citizenship By Investment (economic passport) funds, including one $20m payment declined, for lack of due diligence reports on the applicants, have led the Skerrit government to take a radical, and illegal, step with the money.
According to reliable sources, all the CBI money is being deposited into Dominica’s Social Security Fund accounts, a blatant violation of the terms and conditions of the CBI program.
How many different ways has the Skerrit government violated the laws of fiduciary responsibility, by unilaterally, covertly, and quietly placing these millions of dollars in accounts specifically designated to hold only social security payments?
We cannot say, but certainly qualified attorneys, licensed to practice law in Dominica, can locate the relevant legal authorities, and publish their findings, and whether this breach of trust is sufficient grounds for removal of a public official.
Additionally, the government may be scrambling around, seeking to place some of the CBI money outside the country, which is yet another fiduciary violation.
Eyewitnesses report that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit was seen traveling to St Maarten, with the Dominica AID Bank Chairman of the Board.
If any CBI funds, which are later determined, by a court of competent jurisdiction, to be Iranian proceeds, Dominica AID Bank could find itself on the OFAC List, and listed as a co-defendant in the US Reza Zarrab Iran sanctions violations case, together with PM Skerrit.
Aren’t these people aware of the Money Laundering Control Act of 1986, with its 20-year penalty? Are they that arrogant?
The CBI cash machine, which the Skerrit government is playing out until at least July, when the report of their captive review committee is due, is about to implode. Who will be standing next to it when this happens, we wonder.