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Letter: Your article was marred by inaccuracies
Published on July 11, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

I refer to the article, published online on Caribbean News Now portal, on the 8th of July, titled “Economic citizenship due diligence issues extend beyond the Caribbean” In the article, you refer to a Maltese-Indian businessman… who was a consultant on the Malta citizenship programme, and who was also the rumoured election “fixer” at the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta, at which Baroness Patricia Scotland was narrowly elected as the new Commonwealth secretary general.

I believe this to be a reference to me, as several postings by a “commonwealth insider” have been made on blog posts, as comments, referring specifically to me as Baroness Scotland’s “fixer”. I have made no attempts to refute these anonymous posts, as I did not believe them to have any significant readership.

However, your paper is widely read both in the Caribbean, and internationally by decision makers who are looking for an alternative and ground up view of Caribbean affairs.

I would therefore request you to publish this letter as my right of reply to the above allegations.

I have not been involved in any way, shape or form in ensuring the election of Baroness Scotland, as the Secretary General of The Commonwealth. The election process is undertaken behind closed doors, with only the PMs of the Commonwealth countries allowed to attend. At the end of the day, the Baroness’s victory, even by a slim majority, reflected the wishes of the member countries.

The Maltese Citizenship Programme is run by Henley and Partners, a Swiss company, I believe. At no stage either before the election of Joseph Muscat as PM or subsequently, have I had any contact with Henley. I can also categorically state that I have never ever had a discussion with the PM on any citizenship issues.

Your excellent article on the subject of economic citizenship, was marred by these two inaccuracies and I hope I have set them straight.

Shiv Shankaran Nair
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