However, a high-ranking official from the Team Unity Government implicitly indicated to MiyVue.com that the visa has indeed been revoked. The official would not comment further on the matter.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, 10th March, Dr. Douglas said that the document being circulated is “fabricated” and “bogus”, as he pointed to a headshot picture of himself with a passport present in the background, which shows a revoked US visa, a document, which he said was not official.
“It’s not a document that is and ever was in my possession,” for former prime minister stated.
He charged that the circulation of the “fabricated” document is being carried out by a popular PAM/Unity “propagandist”.
“The origin of the fabricated document seems to point to an Internet-based service, which is well-known for its propaganda against the Labour Administration which I led,” said Douglas, adding, “It is operated by the PAM/Unity propagandist Wallis Wilkin.” Attempts to contact Wilkin on this allegation were unsuccessful.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris when questioned on Tuesday, 10th March, about the revocation of the visa, he indicated to this media house that he was not willing to comment on the matter, except to say it was “indeed a sad occasion”.
According to Douglas, diplomatic passports issued under the Labour Administration have all been recalled, and indications are that it is not sitting well with Dr. Douglas and his former ministers.
The former prime minister opines that the Unity administration has met a policy where former Heads of State and Government, and others, continue to hold diplomatic passports after leaving office.
“In this circumstance, where a visa was issued in the diplomatic passport, which has been recalled, we’ve been advised that we need to apply for new visas in our regular passports,” Douglas noted.
But Minister of Foreign Affairs Mark Brantley said in a WINN FM report that there is a procedure in place, as it relates to diplomatic passports being held by former government ministers.
“Any suggestion that I or the prime minister have revoked any diplomatic passport is categorically false,” Brantley said, adding, “As I understand the process, when there is a change of government, diplomatic passports issued to former government ministers are recalled. That is, they are required to bring them in for cancellation.”
He explained that they would have been issued when they had a “particular status”, notably he pointed to Dr. Denzil Douglas, the former prime minister.
“He would have had a diplomatic passport issued to him, and he would have been accorded that privilege, because he had the status of prime minister and indeed the passport would have reflected that,” Brantley explained.
Moreover, he indicated that since Dr. Douglas is no longer prime minister, he couldn’t use the same document.
“Now, what I gather the process is that those passports are surrendered. They are cancelled. And, if consistent with government policies, these former ministers are then afforded the courtesy of a diplomatic passport, then a new passport will be issued,” he stressed.
To this end, it was suggested that Dr. Douglas could be issued with a new diplomatic passport indicating his new status as leader of the opposition.