Investigations by International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) show Dawood Ibrahim has no connections to the Commonwealth of Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said.
Reports that Ibrahim, an Indian national, has obtained a Dominica passport through the island’s economic citizenship program, are false, according to Skerrit.
Speaking on “The Next Level” radio program on Saturday, he said government has conducted an extensive search into the matter and there is no evidence to match the claim.
Ibrahim, who is accused of heading an illegal empire, has been ranked fourth on Forbes’ World’s Top 10 most dreaded criminals list of 2008.
He is also on the wanted list of Interpol for organised crime and counterfeiting.
Skerrit said Interpol has been assisting Dominica in investigating Ibrahim, and reports from the organization show he has no connection to Dominica. Ibrahim allegedly holds 16 passports and Interpol shows none of them are of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Skerrit said.
“We have the passport numbers issued by Interpol… Interpol has not said in its records that Mr. Ibrahim is a holder of a Dominican passport,” the Prime Minister stated.
He continued, “All our searches, [that] the ministry of finance, the police conducted of his records has not found any evidence to indicate that Mr. Ibrahim Darwood applied for, nor was granted Dominican citizenship under the economic citizenship program. He is not a holder of any Dominican citizenship or Dominican passport.”
“If Mr. Ibrahim had applied under the economic citizenship program, there’s no way he could have passed the test of the due diligence. There’s no way,” Skerrit emphasized.
Government has accused Dominican economist Thompson Fontaine of being the source of the claim that Ibrahim has a Dominica passport. Prime Minister Skerrit says government is taking the matter “very very seriously” and will engage a forensic investigator to clarify “origins of the allegations.”
Meanwhile Skerrit has described as “heavily scrutinised”, the process of obtaining economic citizenship of Dominica. He said all applicants are subjected to a “rigourous” process which includes extensive investigation by the due diligence committee, an interview committee, minister of finance, ministry of national security and immigration and chief immigration officer.