Dominica is a Caribbean island country, which has been ruled by a thuggish regime led by Roosevelt Skerrit. This regime has turned the country into a home of dirty-money holders, corrupts, drug traffickers and even radical Islamic jihadists. For years, Roosevelt Skerrit through his agent in Britain has been luring hundreds of individuals from around the world, including Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Maldives, India and Bangladesh in buying its citizenship by paying over US$ 100,000, while Skerrit also is selling diplomatic passports of Dominica to dubious individuals, including fugitives in exchange of an amount over half-a-million dollars.
For most people, a passport comes from being born in a country, having a parent from there, marrying a citizen or applying for naturalization. But there are some countries, such as the Caribbean island nations, where citizenship can be obtained in exchange of financial donations and so-called investments. In recent days, calls are being made to scrap these schemes, especially amid revelations that dozens of crooks and suspected criminals have benefited from escaping justice or stash away embezzled funds.
Dominica, an island country in the Caribbean region is actively involved into international money laundering and drug trafficking. Hundreds of foreign individuals using Dominica’s diplomatic passports are using their diplomatic immune in carrying drugs and cash. Most importantly, all of such illegal activities of the authorities of Dominica are actively abetted by some individuals and companies based in Britain.
According to the US Department of State Money Laundering Assessment (INCRS), Dominica is categorized by it as a Country/Jurisdiction of Primary Concern in respect of Money Laundering and Financial Crimes.
It was reported that Dominica acts as a conduit for the washing of dirty money by international drug traffickers.
The state department has listed Dominica among over 90 major money laundering countries, putting in the company of states such as Afghanistan, Columbia, Russia and the US itself, “whose financial institutions engage in currency transactions involving significant amounts of proceeds from international narcotics trafficking”.
“Money laundering cases involve external proceeds from fraudulent investment schemes, advance fee fraud schemes, and the placement of euros related to questionable activities conducted in other surrounding jurisdictions,” the report, which states the list is not a blacklist, says about Dominica.
“Domestic money laundering is chiefly linked to narcotics activities.”
It describes Dominica as an offshore center with a considerable international business center (IBC) presence and internet gaming, and which is used as “a transshipment point for narcotics and other criminal activities” due to its geographic location between the French departments of Guadeloupe and Martinique.
Dominica’s illegal activities in Britain
For the past few years, the trade of selling citizenship and even diplomatic positions of Dominica are being handled by a London-based company named CS Global Partners.
According to information available on the web, CS Global Partners, in addition to its office in London, has also presences in UAE, India, China, Singapore and Saint Kitts island. Micha Emmett is the Chief Executive Officer of this company, while Paul Singh, an Indian-British is the director. This company is particularly active in helping Indian nationals is buying Dominica’s citizenship, although, according to Indian laws, buying citizenship of any other country without prior permission of the authorities concerned is illegal. What is more important is, these Indian nationals buying citizenship of Dominica are draining-out millions of dollars through illegal channels, and assumably, in most cases, those agency firms dealing into the ‘golden visa’ projects are playing an active role in money laundering. Britain though is known for one of the top destinations of dirty money, it is a matter of great surprise that companies registered in the United Kingdom are openly involved into money laundering, while it is alleged that a major segment of these laundered monies are coming from drug traffickers and corrupt individuals.
Most importantly, for buying Dominica citizenship, it is not required to visit that island country. S/he can obtain citizenship, simply by making the payment – sitting thousands of miles away.
In October 2018, Simon Jenkins wrote in the Guardian, Britain’s denial that it launders money is like Russia’s denial that it poisons spies. No one believes a word of it. If I walked into my bank and tried to deposit £55m, I would be asked to see the manager, if not the police. But if I were to shift such sums through a Belgravia flat or a West End jeweller or an offshore tax haven, I would be offered a tier 1 golden visa and honored status as an inward investor. It is McMafia stream this way, sir, no questions asked. Eat your heart out, Polish plumber.
He wrote, governments have long implied that offering houseroom to laundered money harms no one, benefits Britain and ranks as “inward investment”. Tony Blair and David Cameron openly welcomed Russian oligarchs, Saudi princes and Chinese property hoarders. Experts put the amount of dirty money floating around the world offshore at some £21tn, with as much as £390bn removed from Russia since the fall of the Berlin wall alone. The idea of such loot clearly dazzled British ministers, even though the Treasury sees virtually none of it.
Terming London as the capital of oligarchia, of McMafia operations, Mr. Jenkins wrote: if other countries allow their wealth to be stolen it may not be Britain’s problem, but it makes Britain an accessory to the greatest kleptomania of the century. To the US tax authorities, as to the man in the Moscow street, London is the capital of oligarchia, of McMafia operations. It is responsible for two-thirds of the world’s tax havens, mostly in the Caribbean, their legality no defence against their deplorable morality. They are like medieval pirates, a standing rebuke to the world’s economic order.
In 2019, ten people have been arrested in London after investigators raided a gang suspected of smuggling £15.5 million (Dh73.5m) of dirty money in suitcases from Britain to the UAE.
In dawn raids, five Indian nationals, one Frenchman and four British – all aged between 28 and 44 – were arrested.
A 41-year-old man thought to be the ringleader in the gang, was held in Hayes, west London, in the operation that was led by the National Crime Agency.
Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) said, the suspects are alleged to have been part of a well-orchestrated conspiracy to launder millions of pounds of money made through Class-A drugs and organized immigration crime, transferring it from the UK to Dubai over the past three years.
In Britain, Dominica’s rogue regime is operating a so-called news agency named WIC News under a company named WIC News Limited, which was incorporated in the United Kingdom, while it is alleged that this so-called news agency also is an umbrella and is actively involved in money laundering, drug and arms trafficking, and even granting citizenship to fleeing members of Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, and Islamic State.
For many years, it was reported in the international media that Dominica, a small island country in the Caribbean is involved in selling citizenship and diplomatic passports to individuals around the world. The matter was also reported in Al Jazeera network with specific evidences.
According to Caribbean newspapers, Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and his cronies have sold an unknown number of diplomatic passports to various individuals, including fugitives. Moreover, he and his associates are luring Indian, Chinese, Russian, Bangladeshi, Iranian and Middle Eastern nationals in smuggling-out cash and buy Dominica’s citizenship.
The dubious news outlet of Dominica
WIC News is operated by a company named WIC News Limited (Company number 10631553) from Kemp House, 160 City Road, London, EC1V 2NX, United Kingdom. It has no land or mobile phone number on its website.
Currently, it is run by a Croatian national named Dragan Perkanovic (born on June 1988), who was appointed on October 1, 2018, and by profession, he is not a journalist. Instead, he is a consultant.
Earlier, WIC News was founded with Parker Benjamin, a British national and online retailer, who was appointed on February 21, 2017 and resigned on February 19, 2018.
According to information, Benjamin Parker is also director of Medium Raw Limited, Wellbeing Limited, Roof Building Renovate Limited, Concord Close Management Company Limited, Diamon Abodes Limited and Dolls House Centre Limited.
Similarly, another British national named Hill Samuel Christopher (not a journalist) was appointed as director of January 22, 2018 and had resigned on October 7, 2018.
WIC News Limited was incorporated on February 21, 2017. The application for incorporation was filed by Benjamin Parker. There is no other partner or shareholder in the company, proving it is a mere one-man-show.
Other sister concerns of WIC News Limited are:
Create East Community Interest Limited, Company number 10631554, incorporated on February 21, 2017, company type: community interest company, registered office 17 Kimberley Street, England, Wymondham, NR18, ONU, England,
Connectfleet Limited, Company number 10631556, incorporated on February 21, 2017, company type: business and domestic software development, registered office 18 Merlin Court, Nightingale Walk, Burntwood, WS7 9QT, UK.
It is suspected by counterterrorism experts that Dragan Perkanovic and WIC News might be actually involved in handling trafficking in drugs and dirty money, while this shadowy establishment might also be working for Roosevelt Skerrit in handling his wealth in the secret bank accounts.
It is also learned that Croatian national Dragan Perkanovic fled his country to escape legal actions for his connections with the Russian mafia rackets. In Britain, his main job is to take care of opening offshore companies and bank accounts under the instruction of Skerrit’s agents in London.
When contacted a law firm in Britain, it said, news agencies are supposed to be run by journalists, while the case of WIC News, where only one individual from Croatia, who is not a journalist is running the show, sounds like a very suspicious entity. Moreover, they said, sitting in Britain, any news outlet cannot run false and fabricated news items about any individual. Such acts are considered serious crime under British law.
A senior member of the London Press Club was utterly surprised knowing a news agency in running in Britain without any journalist. Moreover, the member confirmed there is no journalist named Dragan Perkanovic in UK, while WIC News is not registered with any of the local press associations.