PM Swears: Alizera Moghadam Is Clean! By by LK Hewlett

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Says diplomatic passport scandal was hatched in St. Kitts “Alizera Moghadam is clean!…He is no terrorist!’swears Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas of the Iranian at the heart of the diplomatic passport debacle. PM Douglas attempted to debunk the story circulating that Moghadam had bought a diplomatic passport of the Federation for US$1 million. He recently denied claims that the Iranian’s trip to Canada earlier this year where he told border officials he was there to meet with the Canadian Prime Minister set off alarm bells with authorities there, and prompted them to scrutinize St. Kitts-Nevis’ visa-free travel arrangement. PM Douglas told the parliament on Wednesday (Dec 11) that the story was ‘stupid”and “falsified”, and that it had been generated by a former PAM publicist and Dr. Timothy Harris to “make the government look stupid in the eyes of the international community”. Dr. Douglas said from his own investigation none of his present Cabinet Ministers received any $1 million from Moghadam to be given a diplomatic passport. He said the man obtained citizenship by investment in 2008 and had passed all due diligence checks. “Ali Moghadam became a citizen of St. Kitts and Nevis maybe about 2008 or thereabout. Not known to the government as such but obviously would have gone through the due diligence check and he was found to be one where his investment capital was clean. “He was not involved in any way, on any lists that was identified by the United Nations, the European Union, or the United States of America as any terrorist or any financier of terrorists.”Moghadam, he said, was born in Iran of a Turkish mother and an Iranian father. PM Douglas described him as a young, successful businessman “who for whatever reason chose to become a citizen of St. Kitts and Nevis”. He had business interests in the UK, Azerbaijan, Turkey , in Canada and was in an economic citizen of that country, he said.. “He was first recommended to this government in November 2011 by the High Commissioner in London as a reputable person who wanted to work closely with the government to realize its investment potential not only in the Citizenship by Investment Program but any other way possible.”He said it was no secret that Moghadam was issued a diplomatic passport. Dr. Douglas claimed that in January 2013 the Cabinet unanimously supported Moghadam being considered to become a representative of the government ‘to pursue its economic agenda with regard Azerbaijan and Turkey”. Moghadam was conferred the appointment of Special Envoy. “He was given an assignment to carry out for this government,’said Dr. Douglas. “This man is a reputable person. The government did the right thing in allowing him to have diplomatic representation so that he can effectively negotiate on behalf of this government.”

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