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Some six years ago, on December 4, 2009, Brent Hardt, then chargé d’affaires at the US Embassy in Barbados, reported in a cable published by Wikileaks that Dominica’s economic citizenship program, as well as the sale of diplomatic passports and ambassadorial rank, have all occurred in a less than transparent manner, with allegations that some of the money charged for these programs makes its way to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.
“As the economy flits among uncoordinated infrastructure projects of dubious benefit, multiple corruption cases have received increasing media coverage. In every case, there are allegations that Skerrit has abused his privileges and is benefiting financially from his position,” Hardt wrote.
According to Hardt, at the time, the most prominent focus of corruption charges is Skerrit’s personal residence, whose construction costs appear to be far in excess of his official assets.
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