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New report on St Kitts-Nevis economic citizenship abuse creates major stir in Middle East


Image: Gulf News

By Caribbean News Now contributor

DUBAI, UAE — A new report on Saturday by the widely-read Gulf News detailing the rampant abuse of the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment programme (CIP) has created a major stir in the Middle East, a significant source market of applicants wishing to obtain second passports.

Although much of the detail has previously been published by Caribbean News Now, the latest report by features editor, Mazhar Farooqui, entitled “Caribbean citizenship dreams in jeopardy?” includes new, albeit self-contradictory, attempts at explanations by the head of the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), Les Khan.

In response to an earlier pledge by former St Kitts and Nevis prime minister, now leader of the…

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Prosecutors to return to St Kitts-Nevis magistrate’s court


Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Valston Graham

By Caribbean News Now contributor

BASSETERRE, St Kitts — The suspension of prosecutorial services to St Kitts and Nevis Magistrate Donna Harris’s court by the director of public prosecutions (DPP) Valston Graham has been lifted and normal court services were due to resume on Wednesday.

Graham and Harris met with acting Chief Magistrate Renold Benjamin and other senior legal officials on Tuesday after the DPP pulled all prosecutors from appearing in Harris’s court on Monday until further notice

DPP Graham told WINN FM on Monday that his decision to pull his prosecutors, along with court orderlies, from the magistrate’s court stemmed from an incident involving a crown counsel and Harris during a criminal hearing on…

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St Kitts-Nevis tries to shut the stable door after the CBI horse has bolted



By Caribbean News Now contributor. BASSETERRE, St Kitts — In apparent belated recognition that the safeguards for real estate investors in the St …
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St Kitts-Nevis PM’s sister causes turmoil in magistrates court


BASSETERRE, St Kitts — The St Kitts and Nevis magistrates court is in turmoil after director of public prosecutions, Valston Graham, stopped his staff from appearing before Donna Harris, a sister of St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris.

According to an eyewitness, the matters on Monday morning involved five co-accuseds who were appearing in court for the first-time.

Magistrate Harris asked the Clerk to ask the five prisoners to plead. But this procedure was wrong since these were indictable matters.

Crown Counsel Teshaun Vasquez tried on several occasions to bring this to the attention of Magistrate Harris, but she refused to hear him.

Harris ordered Vasquez to sit and eventually ordered him to leave her court room.

WINNFM reported that DPP Graham, after…

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St Kitts-Nevis minister confirms criminal investigation launched into citizenship programme fraud


(L-R) Jeremy Savory, Managing Partner, Savory & Partners, Wilkin-Armbrister, Acting Consul General, Consulate General of St Kitts & Nevis, Dubai, UAE, Mark Brantley Minister of Foreign Affairs. (PRNewsFoto/Savory and Partners)

By Caribbean News Now contributor

DUBAI, UAE — At a meeting in Dubai on Monday with citizenship agents, St Kitts and Nevis foreign minister and premier of Nevis, Mark Brantley, confirmed that local police have launched a full investigation into the use of forged documents in connection with the country’s citizenship by investment programme (CIP).

“Two, evidence-based examples of forgery were brought to the government’s attention. These constitute less than 0.01 percent of the business handled annually by St Kitts and Nevis, yet we have taken the…

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St Kitts-Nevis government claim that Ramada resort ‘continues apace’ raises more questions than answers


The Ramada project site: Two workers and an apparently idle excavator surrounded by buildings that have no windows or doors or exterior rendering, and no evidence of any mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) installation

By Caribbean News Now contributor

BASSETERRE, St Kitts — A January 17, 2019, press release issued by the office of the St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister, Dr Timothy Harris, entitled “Construction on the St Kitts Ramada resort continues apace; developers eye September 2019 opening date” has raised more questions than answers in the absence of any real evidence of the claimed progress.

The press statement followed a visit to the construction site by a bevy of senior government officials including Harris and attorney general Vincent Byron, along with Ying…

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