Government Denies Prime Minister Skerrit Under US Investigation

ROSEAU, Dominica  – The Dominica government Saturday denied social media reports that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit was under investigation by United States law enforcement authorities and blamed the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP) for engineering the report as part of its strategy “to seize political control of this country”.

“Let me re-assure the people of Dominica that I spoke with the Prime Minister this morning, he is well, a little tired for all the discussions and meetings he has been having in the economic advancement of the people of Dominica and these mischievous and malicious reports should be totally disregarded,” said Acting Prime Minister Reginald Austrie.

The report on Facebook, claims that Skerrit is under investigation by an un-named United States agency for his role in the sale of a Dominican passport to Iranian national Ali Reza Halat Monfared who has been arrested on allegations of being involved in Iran’s biggest ever corruption scandal.

In a statement on the state-owned DBS radio, Austrie said that it is passing strange that the report surfaced one day after the UWP staged a public meeting in the capital and called ‘for the economic and social destruction” of the country.

He said operatives of the UWP were also engaged in “negative and dishonest” acts against the country and the controversial Citizenship by Investment Programme (CBI) through which foreign investors are granted citizenship for making a significant contribution to the development of the island.

Dominica is one of several countries with CBI programmes. The others are Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts-Nevis, Grenada, and St. Lucia.

The report on the social media, Facebook, claims that Skerrit is under investigation by an un-named United States agency for his role in the sale of a Dominican passport to Iranian national Ali Reza Halat Monfared who has been arrested on allegations of being involved in Iran’s biggest ever corruption scandal.

In a statement on the state-owned DBS radio, Austrie said that it is passing strange that the report surfaced one day after the UWP staged a public meeting in the capital and called ‘for the economic and social destruction” of the country.

He said also operatives of the UWP were also engaged in “negative and dishonest” acts against the country and the controversial Citizenship by Investment Programme (CBI) through which foreign investors are granted citizenship for making a significant contribution to the socio-development of the island.

Dominica is one of several countries with CBI programmes. The others are Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts-Nevis, Grenada, and St. Lucia.

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