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(Pictured: Hon. Patrice Nisbett, Minister of Foreign Affairs-St.Kitts/Nevis)
LK Hewlett, Observer Newspaper
| In the face of public upheaval over an Iranian turning up at Canada’s border with a St. Kitts-Nevis diplomatic passport, the local government has said it approved the Middle Easterner’s passport and conferred him the status of Special Envoy to the Federation.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Patrice Nisbett told the nation during yesterday’s (Nov 26) sitting of the National Assembly that Iranian national Alizera Moghadam obtained St. Kitts-Nevis citizenship through its Investment Program, after which he was given the diplomatic appointment.
“Ministers having duly considered the content of a Memorandum dated January 4th 2013, approved the appointment of Mr. Alizera Moghadam, a National of Iran who had formally acquired, following successful completion of all the necessary due diligence, citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis through the Investment Programme; as a Special Envoy to Azerbaijan and Turkey with the mandate to explore areas of interest to the Federation,” he said.
No mention was made of which Economic Citizenship program Moghadam had utilized to obtain St. Kitts-Nevis nationality, or what business he was conducting on behalf of the government when he was questioned by Canadian border agents.
There was also no response to media claims that Moghadam told Canadian authorities he paid $1 million for the passport.
Opposition MPs including PLP’s Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris, PAM’s Hon. Shawn Richards and CCM’s Hon. Mark Brantley have called for greater accountability in the matter, accusing the government of not “coming clean” on critical information of national interest in the unfolding scandal.
A leaked Cabinet submission on the matter outlines the Canadian authorities’ concerns about the Iranian’ purpose in Canada, his possession of a St. Kitts-Nevis diplomatic passport and the due diligence process of the Federation Citizenship by Investment Program.
The Opposition contends that this and other similar incidents that have occurred recently could have deleterious effects on the country’s travel document in relation to citizens obtaining visas or enjoying visa-free travel to Canada and other friendly countries.