Senior Counsel Tony Astaphan Responds to Diplomatic Passport Scandal
Senior Counsel Tony Astaphan says the diplomatic passport of Alireza Zibahalat Monfared was revoked in 2016 before his arrest and extradition to Iran.
Monfared a key player in the My Dominica Trade House website was arrested in the Dominican Republic on January 12th and was extradited to face trial in Iran.
He faces embezzlement charges of billions of dollars while Iran evaded international oil sanctions.
Senior Counsel Tony Astaphan says that Monfared’s passport was revoked in 2016 following a due diligence report of all holders of diplomatic passports.
Astaphan says that the due diligence report conducted by the internationally renowned bishop services did not raise any flags before Morfared was granted diplomatic status.
Prime Minister Roosevelt skerrit is currently out of state.
A release from the office of the prime minister says that Mr. Skerrit is currently on a working visit to Greece.
Mr. Skerrit is accompanied on the trip by Dominica’s Non-resident Ambassador to Greece Lennox Lawrence.
Minister for Housing, Lands and Water Resource Management Hon. Reginald Austrie is Acting Prime Minister.