COMOROS cancels Semlex owner’s diplomatic Passport

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Authorities in Comoros Islands have cancelled the diplomatic passport held by Semlex Group owner, Albert Karaziwan, a Belgian national.Top of FormBottom of Form

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Comoros Islands, Souef Mohamed El-Amine, has also revoked and cancelled some 170 Comoros passports issued by Semlex Group to foreign nationals on the grounds of abuse. According to news reports, Karaziwan’s wife and child who were holding Comoros’ passport have had their passports cancelled.

El-Amine, whose announcement was carried on public media of the Comoros Islands, also cancelled all appointments of Honorary Consul, Vice-Consul, and Investment Counsellors which were illegally conferred by Karaziwan and Semlex Group, his company, which printed and sold the passports to foreign nationals, including an Iranian, Reza Zarrab, who recently pleaded guilty in US District Court in New York.

All revoked passports were cancelled on record as of January 15, 2018. The Government of the Comoros Islands has demanded further information, from Semlex, on 158 passports it issued and delivered to foreign clients.

Papers recently published an article detailing Karaziwan’s dark past, and the fact that a number of bribes and kickbacks have been reportedly paid by Semlex to obtain lucrative passport and ID card business in several countries in Africa. Many of the passport applicants in countries where Semlex operated reported clearly excessive fees being charged from the consumer, with little of those fees ending up in the treasuries of countries that granted Semlex the contract.

Courtesy: Chronicles of  Monte Friener

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