Byline Times: ‘The Power Imbalance is Enormous’: Inside the Ordeal of Employment Tribunals This article features Government Accountability Project Staff Attorney and International Program Director, Samantha Feinstein. When industrial – later renamed employment – tribunals began hearing employment claims in the 1970s, legislators hoped for a ‘speedy’ resolution to workplace disputes. The worker would [...]
Daja: Caribbean passports: How did Iraqi banker Hassan Nasser Jaafar al-Lami benefit from Dominican citizenship?
Al-Lami is considered the most prominent holder of this nationality along with other Iraqi businessmen, but Al-Lami has a different story, as his cross-border relations extended from Iraq to Iran, Syria and then Lebanon, until a woman who claimed to be an employee of the Central Bank of Iraq described him, in a television interview, as "Qassem Soleimani financial" in Iraq.
The documentation suggests that an intermediary with a Dominica passport facilitated a shell company in Hong Kong to transfer funds from Iran to La Liga, potentially skirting financial regulations.
infoLibre: LaLiga collected from Iran through a Chinese shell company and multiple deposits from ATMs in Dubai
These methods of transferring money illustrate well how passports acquired in places like Dominica can be used to circumvent sanctions and make secret payments.
The Guardian: EU raises security concerns as it reveals five Caribbean states have sold 88,000 ‘golden passports’
The EU has raised security concerns about the trade in “golden passports” and vowed to tighten visa controls after revealing five Caribbean states have sold citizenship to 88,000 individuals from countries including Iran, Russia and China.
Caribbean nation Dominica is accused of selling citizenship under its ‘citizenship by investment’ program, which allows the purchase of a passport for a base price of US$100,000, whereas Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is accused of selling citizenship to oligarchs, officials from repressive regimes, politicians, human rights abusers, drug and weapon traffickers, money-launderers, and notorious criminals.
Leading Whistleblower Protection Organizations Rally to Strengthen UN Whistleblower Zambon’s Rights and Accountability
The report’s findings exposed a serious lapse in the Italian Ministry of Health’s pandemic plan which had been left untouched since 2006 despite a review being periodically required.
Dominica News Online: Investigation Reveals People with ‘Dark Pasts’ Obtained Dominica Passports This article features an investigation by Government Accountability Project’s Investigator, Zack Kopplin, and was originally published here. A former spymaster in Afghanistan who was accused of human rights violation, a convicted millionaire and former Libyan colonel, and a former nuclear scientist for [...]
OCCRP: Implausible Budget Numbers, Undisclosed Names Raise Red Flags about Dominica’s Citizenship-By-Investment Program
Thousands of names appear to have not been listed in public records of who has purchased Dominica’s valuable passport.
Guardian: Dominica may have sold thousands more ‘golden passports’ than it disclosed, analysis suggests
Investigation raises questions about transparency and governance of $1bn citizenship by investment scheme.