COMOROS ISLANDS REVOKES 170 SEMLEX PASSPORTS, CANCELS ALBERT KARAZIWAN'S DIPLOMATIC PASSPORTS

COMOROS ISLANDS REVOKES 170 SEMLEX PASSPORTS, CANCELS ALBERT KARAZIWAN'S DIPLOMATIC PASSPORTS

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Comoros Islands, Souef Mohamed El-Amine, has revoked and canceled 170 Comoros passports, all issued by Albert Karaziwan's Semlex Group, to foreign nationals, on the grounds of abuse. Additionally, he has canceled Karaziwan's diplomatic passport, which manes Karaziwan as a traveling Ambassador and Counsellor to the President of the Comoros Islands. as well as all those passports issued to his wife and child.

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

Albert Karaziwan, owner of Semlex Group

All revoked passports were canceled 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. It is not known whether criminal charges will be brought.

We recently published as the 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 to the consumer, with little of those fees ending up in the treasuries of each country that granted Semlex the contract.

We wonder whether the Commonwealth of Dominica will now cancel its massive ID card project with Semlex, due to this new development. It is suspected that a very large bribe or kickback was paid to insure acceptance of the contract, and we are curious about who in Government signed the contract.

 

* Criminal Record of Albert Karaziwan:    http://portal.eddi-iq.com/result/?betheme_s=Albert+Karaziwan&searchtype=person  

Chronicles of Monte Friesner - Financial Crime Analyst

Contributed by Kenneth Rijock - Financial Crime Consultant