By Toni Frederick
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Former government minister, now opposition MP Dr. Timothy Harris, has been stripped of his St Kitts and Nevis diplomatic passport.
Dr Timothy Harris
Speaking to WINN FM from the international airport in St Kitts on Monday morning, Harris said he was not surprised that his diplomatic passport was withdrawn, but expressed concern that he had not been formally notified.
“I find it strange that the government, if they were to do this wicked act would wait until I’m at the airport for me to be advised,” he said.
Harris served in Cabinet for nearly 18 years before being fired in January by the prime minister for publically challenging government-sponsored legislation.
“It is this very government that had brought a Cabinet submission which allowed former government ministers access to these diplomatic passports, so I’m really taken aback,” Harris said on Monday.
“It just shows the irregularity in the system that Moghadam can have his [diplomatic] passport but a member of parliament cannot have a… passport,” Harris said, referring to Alizeera Moghadam, an Iranian national who was made a special envoy for St Kitts and Nevis and granted diplomatic status by the government.
Harris has been vocal about the Moghadam issue, breaking the news that Moghadam had told Canadian authorities that he paid one million dollars for his St Kitts and Nevis diplomatic passport. The government has confirmed that Moghadam was a special envoy for the federation, but it has vehemently denied ever selling diplomatic passports.
The government has since ceased accepting applications from Iranians for its Citizenship by Investment Programme, reverted to including the place of birth on St Kitts and Nevis passports and announced that name changes would also be reflected.
Harris, who had his regular passport with him at the airport on Monday, said he expected to make his flight as scheduled.
Republished with permission of West Indies News Network