Caribbean News Now!

About Us Contact Us

Countries/Territories

Jump to your country or territory of interest

Advertise with us

Reach our daily visitors from around the Caribbean and throughout the world. Click here for rates and placements.

Contribute

Submit news and opinion for publication

Subscribe

Click here to receive our daily regional news headlines by email.

Archives

Click here to browse our extensive archives going back to 2004

Also, for the convenience of our readers and the online community generally, we have reproduced the complete Caribbean Net News archives from 2004 to 2010 here.

Climate Change Watch

The Caribbean is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels brought about by global warming. Read the latest news and information here...

Travel


Follow Caribbean News Now on Twitter
Connect with Caribbean News Now on Linkedin



News from the Caribbean:


Back To Today's News

Former minister stripped of St Kitts-Nevis diplomatic passport
Published on December 3, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

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.

timothy_harris9.jpg
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international airport in St Kitts on Monday morning, Harris said he was not surprised that his diplomatic passport was withdrawn, but expressed concern that he had not been formally notified.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
 
Reads: 2597





Click here to receive daily news headlines from Caribbean News Now!



Back...

Comments:

No comments on this topic yet. Be the first one to submit a comment.

Back...

Send us your comments!  

Send us your comments on this article. All fields are required.

For your contribution to reach us, you must (a) provide a valid e-mail address and (b) click on the validation link that will be sent to the e-mail address you provide.  If the address is not valid or you don't click on the validation link, we will never see it!

Your Name:

Your Email:

(Validation required)

Comments:
Enter Code





Disclaimer
User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment author and are not representative of Caribbean News Now or its staff. Caribbean News Now accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Caribbean News Now reserves the right to remove, edit or censor any comments. Any content that is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will not be approved.
Before posting, please refer to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.



Other Headlines:



Regional Sports: