If you have ever spent any time studying the law of diplomacy and international relations, you know that a diplomatic passport does NOT confer nationality or citizenship upon the holder. Unfortunately, the corrupt senior government officials in the Commonwealth of Dominica, are involved in the extremely lucrative trade of making bogus "diplomats" out of foreign nationals, most of whom are the usual dodgy suspects (read: gypsies, tramps & thieves), and all those passports state that the holder is a citizen of Dominica. What's wrong with this picture ?
Only bona fide Dominicans, who are legitimate diplomats (there aren't many), with designated missions, and approved by their receiving country, may hold such passports. All others are in violation of the UN agreement, namely the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
Note to United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspectors: while the Minister of Foreign Relations of the Commonwealth, Francine Baron, has refused to disclose who holds diplomatic passports, which are believed to exceed 500, sources inside Dominica have generously supplied these names for the benefit of both law enforcement, and North American and EU bank compliance officers:
1. GERRY AIRD, Honorary Consul for Sweden.
2. DR. GERALD GRELL, " Royal (Honorary) Norwegian Consul.
3. OSVALDO COBACHO, Cuban Ambassador to Dominica.
4. CARMEN MARTINEZ DE GRIJALVA, Venezuelan ( not Dominican) Ambassador.
5. ANTHONY ASTAPHAN., Dutch Consul General (there is no Dutch Consulate in Dominica).
6. BRENDAN BROWNE, Ex-High Commissioner in Canada.
7. CLARKSON THOMAS, Dominica's Ambassador to Cuba.
8. UDO CARSTEN DEPPISCH, Czech businessman. UNESCO.
9. YU CHING HSIU
10. MERIEM GAFSI. UNESCO.
11. MAK ROLO, UNESCO.
12. THIERRY EZEGHELIAN.
13. DR. ALY EL DAKROURY.
14. REBECCA CHANG.
15. PAOLO ZAMPOLI. Italian associate of President Donald Trump.
16. CHRISTOS VARDKOS.
17. CLAUDE LEON MARTIN SKALAWSKI, UNESCO delegate.
18. DIDIER VIDAL. UNESCO.
19. BOBBY JONES.
20. BOBBY WAHL.
21. JONATHAN SEKER REED, British national, has unofficial "consulate" on Miami's Brickell Key.
Does Dominica need more representatives to UNESCO than it maintains at most of its embassies abroad ? Clearly, these appointments are bogus.
I could go on and one, and post more, but you get my message. You know Monfared, Duezani, and all the more prominent ones, I am sure. This is just the tip of the iceberg. I wonder what ever happened to the study that the Government of Dominica commissioned back in February, to inquire into the foreign diplomatic passports holders ? After none months, it appears to have been buried deep in Minister Baron's pile of pending matters.
Chronicles of Monte Friesner - Senior Financial Crime Analyst
Contributed by Kenneth Rijock - Financial Crime Consultant