Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Thursday, July 20, 2017

MONFARED USED HIS DOMINICA DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT TO EVADE IRANIAN ARREST WARRANT



This document* shows that Alireza Monfared was arrested, in Malaysia, on November 27, 2015, on a warrant issued by the Islamic Republic of Iran. It details his Iranian, Dominican CBI, and Dominican diplomatic passports, which were seized at the time of his arrest. Malaysian sources have confirmed that Monfared was held by the authorities, for ten days, and released, after he claimed diplomatic immunity, based upon his Dominican Diplomatic passport. Monfared had no diplomatic assignment, nor title or position, in Malaysia, rendering his status illegitimate as a diplomat, under the Vienna Convention.

He is one of a number of foreign nationals who, when being taken into custody for criminal matters, have attempted to cheat justice by asserting diplomatic immunity, all using the bogus Dominica diplomatic passports they purchased. Notwithstanding his fugitive status, Dominica gave him refuge, and failed to turn him over to INTERPOL agents.
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* The name of the arresting officer has been redacted for privacy reasons.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

RICARDO MARTINELLI'S EXTRADITION HEARING IS RESCHEDULED



Former Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli's July 25th Extradition Hearing has been reset to August 3rd, after his counsel moved for a continuance. A motion for reconsideration of the motion to set bond has been denied. The Order recited: "The Court's order denying the Motion for Release fully sets forth the Court's analysis of the unavailability of bond in this case, and the Motion for Reconsideration provides no ground to reconsider that Order. In addition, the primary authority cited in the motion is not ane xtradition case, so its relevance here is non-existent." 

Martinelli faces multiple criminal charges in Panama; many Panamanians fear that he will evade justice, though in most cases extradition orders are generally issued, assuming the documents meet certain minimum requirements. 


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

DOMINICA "DIPLOMAT" WAS OFFICER IN OFAC-SANCTIONED FIRST ISLAMIC INVESTMENT BANK



For those apologists from Dominica's government, who still insist that Alireza Monfared was properly vetted before being given both a Dominica CBI citizenship, and a diplomatic passport, take a look at these documents. He was an officer of the First Islamic Investment Bank Ltd.*, sanctioned by OFAC years before Monfared  ever sought a Dominica nationality, and diplomatic passport. The correspondence identifies him as an "authorized signatory" of the bank.

Did I mention that another senior bank officer, and bank owner, is Babak Zanjani, Monfared's partner, who, along with Reza Zarrab, ran Iran's massive oil-for-gold sanctions evasion program, out of Labuan, Malaysia's prime offshore tax haven ? Look again at the documents, and check out the date. Zanjani has been sentenced to death in Iran; Zarrab is looking at 75 years in a Federal Prison.




This totally and completely destroys any claim that Monfared's dark past was not easily accessible. If I was a betting man, I would venture a guess that the due diligence firm, engaged by Dominica, found it, but certain greedy Dominica Government officials ignored it, and took Monfared's cash, thinking that they are immune from prosecution. Perhaps someone might want to explain who Joon Kim, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York is, and that the Money Laundering Control Act confers extraterritorial jurisdiction.
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* Labuan IBFC records show that the First Islamic Investment Bank lost its charter on July 18, 2014.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

LAWSUIT FILED BY UNITED STATES CONFIRMS DOMINICA'S MISCONDUCT IN SELLING DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT TO CORRUPT NIGERIAN MINISTER


A civil forfeiture action, filed in US District Court in the State of Texas, seeks to seize more than $144m in assets, linked to the corrupt former Nigerian Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who has money laundering charges pending in both the UK (FCA) and Nigeria (EFCC), confirms that Dominica's "due diligence investigation," allegedly undertaken before selling Madueke a Dominica Diplomatic passport, in 2015, was either an utter failure, or a complete fabrication.

Madueke, whose UK residence contained millions of dollars in cash, when she was arrested, reportedly accumulated, with two confederates, $1.5bn in Nigerian oil revenues. It is important to note that the US forfeiture lawsuit*, filed by the Government of the United States, asserts that the illegally-acquired assets, which amounted to laundering illicit profits into an $80m yacht, and a $50m New York City condominium, and California real estate**, all took place between 2010 and 2015. This is a period prior to the alleged due diligence investigation, supposedly conducted upon Madueke, culminating the award to her of passport DP0000445, on May 21, 2015.

Furthermore, the vetting of Madueke was completed in only six days, an extremely short period, during which an investigation would have been required to be conducted, and finished, in Nigeria, and in other jurisdictions. This is an impossible task for any  compliance officer, or team of investigators, which has been claimed by Dominica.  And who was doing it anyway, as the diplomatic scheme is NOT part of the CBI program.

Finally, the suspicious role of Baroness Patricia Scotland, who reportedly acted as the intermediary, introducing Madueke to Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, who  hand-delivered the passport to Madueke in the UK, adds even more fuel to the fire. Scotland, whose controversial election to the Commonwealth Secretariat, alleged lavish spending habits since taking office, and experts have doubted that there was even questionable legal standing to qualify her for the position, raise even more questions about the legitimacy surrounding Madueke's acquisition of the passport. Scotland, whose attorneys have aggressively targeted media reports about her activities, to keep them from the public, knew or should have known about Madueke's situation, but still recommended her to Dominica.

Madueke attempted to evade justice, by asserting her "diplomatic status," when arrested in London, but to no avail. Was that the true reason she purchased one ? Remember, Alireza Monfared, the Iranian oil sanctions evader, used HIS Dominica diplomatic passport to escape arrest in Malaysia.

If there were any illusions about the legitimacy of the diplomatic passport program of Dominica, the US Government lawsuit certainly has shattered them. A rogues' gallery of criminals acquired their diplomatic status, bought and paid for with dirty money, which the current Dominica government was more than happy to accept, no questions asked.  
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*United States vs. M/Y Galactica Star etc., Case No.: 17-cv-02166 (SD TX).
** 1049 5th Avenue, units 11B & 11C, New York, NY; 807 & 815 Cima del Mundo Road, Montecito, California,







Saturday, July 15, 2017

UNITED STATES TO REQUIRE OTHER NATIONS TO SUPPLY MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR CITIZENS


An unclassified US State Department cable, which was directed to its foreign embassies and diplomatic posts, announced that elevated standards for information, regarding foreign nationals, especially those who wish to acquire visas to enter the United States, will soon be required, including detailed data on suspected terrorists.

In the event that a country fails to meet these new information requirements, the document states that sanctions will be imposed. Though short on specific details, it is recommended that compliance officers whose duties include the assessment of Country Risk, review the document, for the imposition of sanctions, by the US, due to non-disclosure of the information demanded, and the resultant sanctions, should be immediately assessed, so that your calculation of Country Risk, for those specific nations, is accurate and timely.

The document, which is on the Reuters website, may be accessed here.

ELEVENTH CIRCUIT AFFIRMS DISMISSAL OF GIBRALTAR BANK INSURANCE COVERAGE IN SCOTT ROTHSTEIN PONZI CASE

The lower court decision, which denied insurance coverage, involving alleged misconduct of executives of Gibraltar Private Bank and Trust Company, where convicted billion dollar Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein banked, was affirmed by the Eleventh Circuit. Rothstein is presently serving a 50-year sentence, in Federal Prison, for his crimes.

The US District Court, Southern District of Florida, ruled that the "professional services exclusion" provision, contained in liability insurance policies held by the bank, barred a suit against the insurers. readers who wish to review the complete text of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals decision can access it on the Court's website, here. The style of the case is Robert Furr vs. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa.

APPEALS COURT RULES MONITOR'S REPORT ON HSBC AML PROGRESS CANNOT BE RELEASED


The Second Circuit Court of Appeals* has reversed a ruling of the District Court, where the Monitor's Report, on HSBCs progress on correcting its AML deficiencies, pursuant to a Deferred Prosecution Agreement, was ordered to be made public, after a victim of HSBC  moved fore access.The appeals court held that the report was not a judicial document, and that the trial judge had no power to supervise the agreement between HSBC and the Government, nor to make the report public, pursuant to rules regarding judicial documents.

There has been great public interest in the issue, as both the Government and HSBC took to position that public disclosure of the report would expose the Bank's AML program to further money laundering, and that, in the future, staff members at any bank that enters into a DPA would not cooperate, fearing that they might be publicly exposed. The compliance community was interested in seeing whether actual AML/CFT progress had been made by the bank.

Readers who wish to review the complete text of the decision may access it here .
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United States vs. HSBC Bank USA N.A., ___F3d____, 2017 WL 296018 (2nd. Cir. 2017).