Government retaliates by pulling diplomatic passport

Harris who is also a former Minister of Foreign Affairs is now the leader of a newly formed opposition group known as the People’s Labour Party, PLP, and he has also been identified as the leader of a coalition of parties calling themselves, TEAM UNITY.

The move to strip Harris of his diplomat document was made on Monday morning, 2nd December, 2013, as he was about to depart St. Kitts from the Robert Bradshaw International airport, for an overseas trip. This however did not affect his travel plans as he reverted to his ordinary passport to continue his journey.

What seemed to have angered the government into taking the action to strip Harris of his diplomatic papers is the aggressive campaign by the opposition to highlight what they perceive to be a misuse of the diplomatic passports by the government to issue them to certain individuals under what the opposition claims to be questionable circumstances.

One such case is related to an Iranian citizen, Alizeera Moghadam, who recently was questioned by Canadian immigration officers while trying to enter that country with a diplomatic passport from St. Kitts and Nevis. Moghadam is reported to have said that he was in the country on official business as a special envoy of the St. Kitts and Nevis Government and was there to meet with Canadian Prime Minister, Steven Harper.

It was also claimed by the opposition in St. Kitts that Moghadam told the Canadians that he had paid US one million dollars for his diplomatic passport. Diplomatic passports are not paid for by appointed diplomats.

The government in Basseterre, after weeks of silence, last week Tuesday finally admitted that indeed Moghadam was earlier this year issued with the passport after being appointed to represent the country as a special emissary to turkey and a former republic of the now defunct Soviet Union. 

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