Dr. Douglas Denies US Visa was Revoked

PMDouglasNationalAddress14Oct2009A(ZIZ News)– Former St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas, has denied what he described as a “fabricated story” appearing in local media to the effect that, one week before the February 16 general elections, the US government revoked his diplomatic visa.

According to Dr. Douglas claims on an “internet-based service known for its propaganda against the Labour administration”, that he was stripped of his diplomatic visa due to his refusal to adhere to international standards and various advisories in the processing of St Kitts-Nevis passports and management of the Citizenship by Investment scheme are completely false.

Dr. Douglas argues however that it was the US visas in diplomatic passports revoked by the unity administration which have been cancelled.

Dr. Douglas’s statement said in this circumstance where a visa was issued in the diplomatic passport which has been recalled or cancelled, “we’ve been advised that we need to apply for new visas in our regular passports.”

HonMarcellaLiburdHeadshotHThe country’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Mark Brantley is off island and ZIZ News was unable to reach him for a comment on the matter, however a senior Foreign Affairs Ministry official has told us that the claims in the original report were “nonsense” and that the counter claim by Dr. Douglas was equally “nonsense.”

Meanwhile, Hon. Marcella Liburd has described the US visa story which broke this week involving former Prime Minister Douglas as “bogus.”

According to Ms. Liburd, the US visas in diplomatic passports issued to all former Labour administration ministers have been cancelled.

“US visa in the diplomatic passport carried by all former ministers have been cancelled. So the US visa for Ricky Skerritt has been cancelled, for myself, for Dr. Martin, former Attorney General, you name it, all been cancelled,” she said.

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