Dominican former diplomat arrested after international manhunt

Monfared (right) is seen here in an undated photo

An Iranian, who was a Dominican diplomat, has been arrested after a lengthy international manhunt and has been extradited to Iran through Havana and Moscow to face trial

Alireza Zibahalat Monfared, 43, was arrested in the Dominican Republic and is accused of helping to embezzle billions of dollars while Iran evaded international oil sanctions, media reports say.

It is alleged that he was involved in Iran’s biggest-ever corruption scandal, working alongside tycoon Babak Zanjani who was sentenced to death last year for pocketing $2.8 billion while helping the country bypass sanctions, according to online news organization alarabiya.net.

The news organization reports that Monfared had various passports and had managed to escape extradition at least once when he was briefly detained in Malaysia.

Unconfirmed reports from state-run Iran Daily newspaper said that he was arrested in Dominica.

“He had close contacts with the main individuals in the great oil embezzlement file and was handed to the judiciary,” head of Iran’s international police department, Masoud Rezvani, said.

Reports indicated that Monfared was involved in the controversial My Dominica Trade House website which back in 2015 said it was a company based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with three local companies in Dominica.

According to the website, the companies provided limousine taxi services, aqua prawn farming facility and energy solution that are completely based on green energy. The site said the companies also operated a spring water bottle plant, a business and consultancy management company that assisted the citizenship and passport applications for different countries including Dominica and managing valuable client’s assets.

The site is no longer active.

Monfared was issued a Dominican diplomatic passport in March 2015, according to reports. Last year The Sun newspaper published a report of 24 names of diplomatic appointees provided by a foreign affairs expert and Monafred was on the list. 

DNO has since been informed that Monfared’s diplomatic passport was revoked on January 20, 2016. 

Diplomatic passport issued to Monfared

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167 Comments

  1. IRAN Z. MONFARED
    February 2, 2017

    Why the oil tankers have D/A flag on them? I hope the profit goes to an International Airport

  2. IRAN man
    February 2, 2017

    Why the tankers have D/A flag on them? I hope the profit goes to an International Airport

  3. Music Producer
    January 26, 2017

    Best move I’ve made in years – got rid of that passport that says “Commonwealth of Dominica” I staying overseas papa! :lol:

  4. Gary
    January 26, 2017

    DNO staffers could you all state the source of your story. There is no such arrest of Alireza Zibahalat Monfared mentioned on state-run Iran Daily newspaper. There is no mention on Interpol website regarding the arrest of Alireza Zibahalat Monfared.There is no mention of the arrest of Alireza Zibahalat Monfared in The Dominican Republic.

  5. January 26, 2017

    Yes…we like Dominica going on the world map…but not in that way…
    Now why doesn’t he have an Iranian diplomatic passport if he’s Iranian..How dose he end up having a DA diplomatic passport being Iranian…
    You’ll guys in DA are getting you’ll selves tied up in a lot of messss……

  6. Lougawoo Memm
    January 26, 2017

    There’s no doubt his fate is in the hands of the brutal regime in Tehran Iran. Death by firing squad! Rest assured, his days are numbered. That’s enough to send shockwaves in Dominica’s Corrupt Criminal Enterprise spines. Dominica you are on the world stage once again in very bad publicity.

  7. AA
    January 26, 2017

    DNO it is clear that you changed the headline. what are you afraid of . It clearly stated Dominican diplomat. Tony give a reply and then you chnge the headline, but I have a copy of the original headline you issued.

    ADMIN: Stories get updated all the time, as it develops. That is part of the news. There is no way we could know whether Monfared was still a diplomat or not because the gov’t refuse to make this information public
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  8. Practical
    January 25, 2017

    The writing is on the wall.

    Be patient Dominicans something big is about to happen.

    All the King’s Horses and all the King’s men were not able to put “humpty dumpy” together again.

    Read between the lines.

  9. January 25, 2017

    God works in mysterious ways, for weeks those apologists were asking for fact, proof and evidence, and boom a bombshell :-D :-D :-D :-D

  10. nut smat boyz
    January 25, 2017

    Isn’t it nice when somebody puts Dominica on de Map?

    • The Truth Be Told (Original)
      January 25, 2017

      This occurs worldwide. It is not as if people are not aware of such occurrences. Only the naive make an issue out of it. It makes for good reading, the supposedly rich and famous. :lol:
      Thanks DNO! :lol:
      Well, he did not harm Dominicans in anyway; did not murder anyone. The man just wanted to be free and to enjoy his life with his wife and family with the money. Some people just want to live in peace. Dominica would have been an ideal place.
      He posed as a rich man. If he continued to reside in Dominica, it would gain much while not knowing how he obtained the money. The government nor Dominicans are to be blamed.
      Furthermore, consider those years of what occurred In Iran and those countries to today. I will not shed tears for Iran, only for the oppressed law-abiding people as also the Christians.
      Imagine executing a man who stole billions. Why not imprison him for life? It tells the type of Iranian government.

  11. nut smat boyz
    January 25, 2017

    I think he has family in Dominica. “Prominent” people too. :twisted:

  12. January 25, 2017

    I read some of the comments about this Iranian diplomat leaving in Dominica and was arrested. Dominica should not let foreigners come here and think that it’s ok, these people have all sorts of ties and they will make you think that they will help the country but instead they will help themselves and take over the country and create a nightmare more vilolence and conflict that will not be good for Dominica, this country cannot handle outsiders with problems coming to save their skin from crimes they commits in their country. Wake up Mr. President if you keep giving out passport to other foreigners to come here one day you will loose this island we Dominicans love and would like to come home too. I don’t mind change but be that it’s for the better and not for the worst.

    • Just Passing Through
      January 25, 2017

      So you really believe no Dominicans have committed crimes outside of Dominica?

    • The Truth Be Told (Original)
      January 25, 2017

      This is not the first time and nothing new. They have been allowing foreigners into Dominica dating back to many years ago. Everyone welcomed them without batting an eye or asking a question.. They lived as bourgeois in Dominica.
      I remember the US man who owned Castaways at Mero. I wonder who was he in the US. It was a popular place to go to bathe. Once, when a few of us went to bathe at Mero, I noticed his staff, mostly young women were from the Carib Reserve area – all white-skinned. They come to D/ca with all their prejudices.
      I think he has since died and Castaways is closed.
      You heard of Sanford in Antigua. He is in a US prison serving a life-time sentence. Antiguans trusted him with their money.
      We should not be surprised at that man and what occurred to him. Even though he was investigated, some people can hide their identity and character very well. It is obvious this is what this man did.
      Be broad-minded and give the PM and Tony a break

  13. Tj
    January 25, 2017

    while such massive scandals should result in resignations and call for new elections. The red shirts under judas Iscariot will continue to give alternative facts. So the parade continues.

  14. Tj
    January 25, 2017

    while such massive scandals should result in resignations and call for new elections. The red shirts under judas Iscariot will continue to give alternative facts.

  15. ye yep
    January 25, 2017

    DNO We need a new poll. Whether Skerrit should resign

  16. Anthony P. Ismael
    January 25, 2017

    That’s not true. Linton planted that story too. It’s all made up. He never had a Dominican Diplomatic Passport. :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P

  17. Phoenix
    January 25, 2017

    My only questions are these:
    1) If he is an international fugitive on the run for years, why would he be so brazen and travel the world even going to Malaysia on a rich excursion, in full view of the international media?
    2) Why wasn’t the information about his criminality brought out when the ‘My Dominica Trade House’ story broke last year?
    3) Is there any evidence that he obtained a passport illegally or through underhanded dealings?
    4) If so where is the paper trail of the monies exchanged?
    5) If he was vetted then who did the vetting?

    • Dominican
      January 25, 2017

      I would suggest you listen to Q95 once in a while. it is educational. This man was exposed by Allen right from the time the holy trio of Alick Lawrence, Kenneth Darroux and Emmanuel Nanthan made a trip to Lankawi in Malaysia. In fact last year Angelo disclosed the details of this man on his show and his involvement in big time illegal oil business, I remember that clearly and I listen to both DBS and Q95, so I can make up my own mind and know the difference.

  18. SN
    January 25, 2017

    Just in time for Carnival; bring out the Lapaut Cabrit: Bomb la pataaay, Bomb la patay en Roseau.

    • Rowrowbaby
      January 26, 2017

      You remind me of my days as a teen

  19. zandoli
    January 25, 2017

    Let’s see how Tony Astaphan spins that one.

  20. Shameless
    January 25, 2017

    I am totally disgusted by this news. :twisted: :twisted:

    There is a knot in my stomach and every Dominican regardless of political affiliation should be calling for the DLD government’s resignation and new elections. Refusal should lead to a complete shut down of the country until the government is gone. Come of Dominicans! When are we going to get the message that this regime has doomed the nation and continues to abuse the system and us by extension. Mr. Opposition leader, Union Leaders, Religious leaders please unite and bring on mass protest until the Poopoo Cabal and their henchmen resign.

    Mr. Police Commissioner please detain those “accused” of prostituting Ma Dominque and launch a full investigation with the intent on charging those who are found to have committed a crime.

    Always assertive and ready to be aggressive for the love of country! :twisted: :twisted:

    • nonamegal
      January 26, 2017

      I have that growing knot too. I don’t know why more outrage is not pouring out. I am trying to remain neutral but hmmmmm

  21. travel
    January 25, 2017

    it is so sad that Dominica Diplomats are being arrested all the time. What are the intelligent government doing. Even to get a job nowadays, credit history, police reports and backgrounds are being check. Wake Up Dominichen.

  22. cyril
    January 25, 2017

    I hope this isn’t one of those BS online news falsified story. I hope to get some clarification on this from an appropriate authority.

  23. LifeandDeath
    January 25, 2017

    Well that’s a great talking point, so are Dominicans just going to continue talking..It’s time now to drop Skerrit as a Rogue agent to avoid the wrath of blacklisting that will follow that Dominican passport around.
    If it is that he didn’t act alone in supplying Criminals with Dominican DP, then the whole Cabinet is complicit and should vacate seat immediately..

  24. ArAb
    January 25, 2017

    Just wait for it. The spin is coming.

    We discovered SOME TIME back that he was a wanted man and distant our selves from him as we made efforts to revoke his passport. At the time he was given a diplomatic passport since he was acting on behalf of Dominica to do ??????????? The DLP took immediate action long ago when we found out the truth about him through our investigations. Since we use 3 companies in the US it was hard to tell since he was not on the us radar but on IRAN’s

    wait for the spin. The PM will come up with something and half of you will say again oh ya that is true

  25. Jonathan St Jean
    January 25, 2017

    More reasons for having a commission of inquiry now.

  26. Jonathan St Jean
    January 25, 2017

    OK Skerritt and your apologists like Gregory,Tony,Duncan,Vince, Rupert it’s time you come clean and level with the Dominican people.Are you now going to blame CBS and Lennox.So much for due diligence.I am waiting for Skerritt to say it’s fake news or maybe he’ll go and hide like when CBS called for him to clear the good name of Dominica

  27. January 25, 2017

    Skerritt is just laughing at you all…stay in your houses and hide…set of cowards!!! You say Dominica will come like Haiti?? Hell no!! If skerrit was in haiti, longggg time they make him run. Choooops!!

    • concern citizen
      January 25, 2017

      I support U 100%, but is people like U and me that is suppose to join the match, to get SKERRIT to run like those in Haiti would do, don’t U think so?

  28. AA
    January 25, 2017

    My passport expiring in July. As long as Skerrit is the owner of Dominica l will stay where I am

  29. Marcus Hill
    January 25, 2017

    So this guy was Ambassador of what or of where? Not Iran because he is a wanted man there.

  30. malick
    January 25, 2017

    Bossman…them man living large…..goodness

  31. Peace
    January 25, 2017

    Brothers and Sisters,

    The time has come for the rebirth of the Dominica Freedom Party. For too long, so many of us with integrity have sat on the sideline … sometimes cheering, sometime frowning but we can be on the sidelines no more. By our collective action, we can free our people from the chains of poverty! We can free them from the despair of inadequate health care! We can free them from the tarnish caused by the negative light of the CIP. Freedom needs to ring from every village, from every hamlet, from every corner of Dominica. The Dominica Freedom Party must return and must reign. Thank you #DFP; #Fredom

    • Observer12
      January 25, 2017

      Didn’t Skerrit come from the Freedom Party though? I thought that he was a major part of the young freedom movement and has definitely shown himself to be an horrible leader who only thinks about himself and those close to him. If so, the Freedom Party has to be transformed also in order to be a viable option today.

      • Me
        January 25, 2017

        You are right. And so did Charles Savarin remember?

      • malick
        January 26, 2017

        @Observer12

        This transformation has been taking place for along, long time… We now need young, fresh, progressive and un-tarnished minds that will put D/ca and interest of Dominicans first.

  32. truthman
    January 25, 2017

    Wow lie Lennox lieing . the truth will reveal always. Where are you mr. Nassief

  33. manicou
    January 25, 2017

    Stupes. so long Rebecca Theodore telling us that?

  34. January 25, 2017

    See how them Domeeinacan rejoicing..Am from Svg an we never bring down our country like this..Am married to a Dominican..U guys are really bringing down your country.

    • Push ON
      January 25, 2017

      LOL when persons cannot conceive logical and rational thoughts… instead vomit nonsensical babble.

      No one is bringing down their country….. we are bringing to light the corruption in a government…. SKERRIT IS NOT DOMINICA! LABOUR PARTY IS NOT DOMINICA!

    • sunflowerbabes
      January 25, 2017

      If you are from SVG – Shut yo a then

    • Stupz
      January 25, 2017

      Shut up . Unless youre feeling it first hand . You’re married to a Dominican . Not a true bred Dominican . Don’t tell us what to do . We’re not pleased and we’ll talk till we’re heard .

    • Shameless
      January 25, 2017

      Thank god is your husband thats from Dca and not you because you sound totally clueless. If we are bringing down our country by advocating that unscrupulous politician STOP abusing our passports (our dignity) then why did Ralph Gonsalves (SVG PM) refuse to sell SVG passports? Hypocrite! Stay in SVG and allow us the freedom to take care of our issues as we please. If I was your hussy I would divorce you forthwith for being so clueless :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

      Always Assertive! :twisted: :twisted:

    • Roseau
      January 25, 2017

      We are just revealing the truth

    • only time will tell
      January 25, 2017

      Fool you cant bring down something that is already down did you go to school and was it only weekends and at dark nights ? you must be one of the DOM-IN-CANS that’s waiting on the rain to fall but have nothing to save the water the time is COMING

    • January 25, 2017

      All the countries are on the ground.what is the matter did marry the country

  35. Dominican Passports
    January 25, 2017

    RELAX GUYS, THIS must be AN ISOLATED INCIDENT, HE MUST HAVE STOLEN THAT PASSPORT BECAUSE… Pm skerrit yes men said we don’t sell Diplomatic passports :lol: :lol:

  36. Zandolie
    January 25, 2017

    its really interested to see majority of the comments are requesting an explanation from TONY. i would want to believe that TONY is the one who is really incharge …. we need answers PM TONY

  37. Frank Talker
    January 25, 2017

    Well, well, well. Rogue Dominican Diplomats are falling one after an other. Lennox Linton and his CBS interview pales in comparison to this Iranian, when it comes to tarnishing the image of Dominica.

  38. Zandolie
    January 25, 2017

    hmmmmm i wonder if there would be another press confrence for clarification……
    if he was arrested in Dominica has the police PRO release a statement as yet…they put me on a press for a joint but i wanna hear there statement….

  39. Rupert Sawmego
    January 25, 2017

    King Dice – My Dominica TradeHouse.Com :lol:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJg-9RP9KOU

  40. DRASTIC
    January 25, 2017

    Only in Dominica. In a real country the government would fall. In a couple of days we will all forget about it and collect our handout and life goes on.The late E O LeBlanc said we have fowl brains. He was so right

  41. Push ON
    January 25, 2017

    OK, OK, SO TOO MUCH TEA…… I HAVE A QUESTION…so how could Skerrit distance himself, his cabinet and Labour Party from this man and his racketeering when this links shows his closest comrades with the man at some ribbon cutting ceremony??? Pics of the man even holding PM’S wedding photo, like he was gifted it…..he must have stolen from PM house, lol lol!!!!!
    ALL I HAVE TO SAY ALL THEM MAN MILLIONAIRES and 99% DA people living from hand to mouth, even LABOUR supporters! sot zor sot!

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157652721817380/

    CHECK OUT THE LINK ABOVE BEFORE IT IS DELETED AND ALTERNATIVE FACTS ARE SPREAD BY TONY & SKERRIT!!!!!!

  42. freegid tree
    January 25, 2017

    No wonder they have money to spread about like everyday is Christmas. But Santa will soon be behind bars in de US.

  43. Academic
    January 25, 2017

    In your face, Labour Ka Twavay!!!
    Come on Tony, Gregor and leaches of the DLP, brey now!!!

  44. January 25, 2017

    God works in mysterious ways, for weeks those apologists were asking for prof and evidence and boom he release a bombshell :-D :-D :-D

  45. tomtom
    January 25, 2017

    DNO.. you said’ the site is no longer active’. but you print it .no way to check. Only in Dominica.

    • Me
      January 25, 2017

      DNO filed it on their archive and I know others have done so too, including myself because I had an idea one day it would be wiped.

  46. Push ON
    January 25, 2017

    This man is said to hold a diplomatic passport, right? But PM said they DO NOT sell diplomatic passports….but here PM is saying this man got a passport through CIP… so it is either he does not have a diplomatic passport and just a reg one….. or PM lied and this man has a diplomatic passport by way of CIP, which would be a form of paying/buying a passport…. and something cannot be bought unless its for sale.

    Source DNO 9th june 2015 – “Skerrit said the website and the company My Dominica Trade House came about as a result of a “gentleman” who became a Dominican citizen through the Citizenship by Investment Program and who feels passionate about the island.”
    https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/general/controversy-rages-over-my-dominica-trade-house/

  47. Anti-corruption
    January 25, 2017

    Dominicans, it is time to heed the numerous warnings by those patriots, who are still trying to enlighten you about the devastating misues of our sacred, collective CARICOM property.

    Our VOICES must begin to ring louder than ever before, in every nook and cranny of Dominica, chanting the slogan forcefully, “Our PASSPORTS, Our LAND, Our PEOPLE are NOT for SALE.”

    It is no coincidence. De money. Movement of de money. De washed money by whoever. So issuing of, selling/buying of our diplomatic passports/ immunity, to all kinds of foreign culprits, with problems with the law, in either England, US, Nigeria, France, Italy, Iran, is a way of evading the FBI, CIA, Scotland Yard, etc.

    Skerritt and his agents, Lawyer friends, marketing companies, the Cabal, are all scared to their teeth and trembling. Is that CASH-FOR-PASSPORT scandal. , Show me your friends and I will tell who you are, That is why their dealings was SO SECRET. Corrupt ones, among us, in trouble

  48. Lang Mama
    January 25, 2017

    All you where those Laborats nuh.They waiting for the guy who sharing his bird to come run his mouth. By the way Skerrit told us that if the passport business koolais what manner of bird will provide the golden egg-can you believe the guy that have a bird running wild never even volunteer to the PM that he has a wild birds that can provide the egg.
    How much time we need before the Joker comes out with lies? May be 60 minutes? Or when he is done putting the bird in its cage

  49. gregor
    January 25, 2017

    Passport like bananas… Gregor say something nor.

  50. Iran
    January 25, 2017

    Skerrit & Nanthan need to visit him in Iran as they were at his home every month in Morne Daniel.

  51. YESAH
    January 25, 2017

    Wait! WAit! WAIt! WAITTTTT… The PM say he don’t sell Diplomatic Passport… I believe him… I think he just give them away because i’m not seeing the monies benefiting Dominica.

    So the man right, he don’t sell them, he give them as gifts. Magwai Sa

  52. Massacre
    January 25, 2017

    An Iranian with a Dominican Passport! And now we have Trump as president who has just put a ban on Iran and other countries he said supported terror.
    Dominicans do you know the serious implications that Skerriit and his …… regime some in NYC and NJ are putting our country in?
    If this guy had committed a terrorism act and they found our passport on him , then what? Think my people , think !
    For many years now we have had a lot of honest Dominicans telling us how Skerritt is using Dominica as his grandfather\’s plantation and we have yet to take notice of this!

    • Hurtingformyhome
      January 26, 2017

      Skerrit like to run to US and other places. With Trump in the White House, Skerrit’s own diplomatic passports to these countries that are US allies will be revoked. I hope he gets more exposure than this. Trust me people. I live in the US for now but have been applying for jobs to return home bc I miss my country so much. Now my family is telling me to NOT return bc of these kinds of corruption. There is corruption and then there is what Skerrit is doing to Dominica’s name. These things do not go away people. We will get blacklisted and it will not be only by the US. A few free dollars (red clinic) cannot be worth being isolated from the world. ? :cry:

  53. Tjebe fort
    January 25, 2017

    And what about all these tankers registered in Dominica, that Angelo told us about and were allegedly used in this racket? Your excellency Lawrence, can you throw a light on that for us please, or maybe the other excellency, your passport agent mate in Greece? We are worse than Ali Baba,

  54. derp
    January 25, 2017

    Oh btw HERE are pictures of the prime minsters boys in IRAN with this man

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157652721817380/

  55. Huntley
    January 25, 2017

    ?????????????

  56. derp
    January 25, 2017

    Monfared was issued a Dominican diplomatic passport in March 2015. You mean SOLD. Now that Trump has closed the borders, expect more sales of passports to people like this guy….

  57. January 25, 2017

    The story says he was arrested in Dominica, if that is true what part did the government of Dominica play in his arrest?

    • Push ON
      January 25, 2017

      it seems it was in Domincan Republic

  58. bolo
    January 25, 2017

    And I quote (from an earlier DNO Article) Skerrit said Dominican diplomatic passports are not sold under any circumstances.

    “We have said more than once that diplomatic passports are not sold under the CBI Programme or otherwise,” “We categorically refute the allegation that diplomatic passports are being sold by this Government as alleged or at all. It is regrettable that even in the face of constant denial and complete lack of any evidence that Mr. (Lennox) Linton would persist and insist on repeating his lies that such a practice exists.”

    I have absolute faith in my PM.. He’d never lie to us right? Right!!?? Alireza must have somehow stolen that passport! -_-

    • Truthful
      January 25, 2017

      The PM never lied. If you all had any commonsense you all would understand that one cannot buy a diplomatic passport. This is issued to someone based on their status or job position, such as an Ambassador, Prime Ministsr, Minister of Government etc.

      • Me
        January 26, 2017

        Yes Sir, and Madonna is a virgin!

      • Jon Jones
        January 27, 2017

        Any commonsense also exposes a long list of dubious characters carrying our diplomatic passports.
        Havent you noticed a pattern emerging from the type of people yet? It is no longer a suprise to hear infrequently of a wealthy foreign national in trouble with international authorities declaring their Dominica diplomatic status.
        What is clear is that they are poor choices based on poor reasons – in short, poor leadership. He got to go!!

  59. Doc. Love
    January 25, 2017

    I love all the Mighty Chalkdust calypsos, but the one that is my favorite is the one he calls, “let the jackass bray.” If Tony, Skeritt , Vince and rest of the laborites had let Mr. Linton bray and had not castigated CBS, he would not now be looked upon as a hero. The arrest of Monfared would just go away in a matter of days. Tony, Vince, Skeritt made such a great issue of Linton’s CBS interview, not only Linton is vindicated, but CBS, now CBS is doing to be watching Dominica more closely. Don’t be surprised CBS is going to have that breaking news on the news cast tonight or a follow up of sixty minutes one very soon. Many other ambassadors with Dominican passports have been in trouble before, CBS didn’t take notice, but because of all the criticisms they received from Tony and company following the sixty minutes show, tighten you waist Dominicans, it is going to be a long tough ride in 2017, thanks to Skeritt, Tony and Vince.

  60. Truth Be Told
    January 25, 2017
  61. January 25, 2017

    Let us not get all excited about this. You see the the Eb5 or whatever the US calls it’s program also have issues with money laundering and in some cases drug smuggling and they are not shutting their program down, they just arrest the culprits and put them in jail. The main issue here is not so much the criminal aspect but wether the passport was paid for under the table. If that was done and it can be proven then Tony and company have a problem. Recently a police officer was arrested for forgery and other crimes. At the time of her appointment to the police force if that was on her record would she still be appointed? If due diligence was done it should be made public so we can know the full story.

    • Tjebe fort
      January 25, 2017

      You know my boy, if you stick your head in the sand your a… gets exposed! Keep your head under the sand and enjoy.

      • January 25, 2017

        My head might be in the sand, but your head and brain seem to be way up the rear end of a donkey. Do some analysis before talk.., act as if you have a functioning brain.

  62. CIA Agent
    January 25, 2017

    Tony: “Alternative Facts”

  63. Usain Bolt
    January 25, 2017

    To God be the glory patient my brothers and sisters he have to run and hide just wait on the lord.

    • AP
      January 25, 2017

      No offence is this really Usain if you are alright but if you’re not I don’t think you should be using the man’s name, just a friendly observation.

  64. DOMINICAN
    January 25, 2017

    tony come on man say something nuh. forget CBS, lash out at DNO for displaying our dirty fabric in public. i cyann wait to hear semion in the background,””” ahan, hmmmm, true, yes wi, hmmmmmmmm. “””” COME TONY SING

  65. freedom fighter
    January 25, 2017

    Caught with pants down :twisted: :twisted:

  66. Mary Jane
    January 25, 2017

    Why did the prime minister say that they do not provide passport to diplomats and her it say very deceptive.

    • will
      January 25, 2017

      What the P.M said actually was that they do not sell diplomatic passports

      • Toto
        January 25, 2017

        He, he of course government does not sell diplomatic passports. it is the P.M’s privilege to appoint someone or not and if you try to tell me he do all that simply because he loves those people or out of the goodness of his heart I say he is either a fool or a liar. Tony always say that if there is no proof you can not be guilty but people have been sentenced for murder without a body ever found. and even if there is no “Tony’s proof” does not mean you are not guilty before the eyes of our final judge, the Lord.

  67. weh
    January 25, 2017

    What happens in the dark always comes to light, thank you Mr Linton for exposing this on 60 min.

  68. January 25, 2017

    Shud we continuously be Dumb in a can or are we jus blinded by our own foolishness we need to take control of situation is bigger than we think how many more criminals out der with diplomatic passports well I will be der sipping tea

    • Man bites Dogs
      January 25, 2017

      @ not Afraid, Don’t look to far, most of the Workers party members have been in criminal activities so now you have it.

      • concern citizen
        January 25, 2017

        Dogs bite man,
        could U name some of the criminal activities which they have encountered?

      • Anonymous
        January 25, 2017

        It is dimwits like you that Skerrit relies on for support. You make wild allegations without being able to substantiate them. (…I hope you have a dictionary).

    • Dominican Passports
      January 25, 2017

      Boy since 2012 I give up on Dumbnicans, especially those folks that keep defending him tooth and nail, bunch of dumbies :twisted:

  69. Iamanidiot
    January 25, 2017

    Gregoir Nassief, You should write another letter to lennox about him telling lies and putting Dominica in a bad light!

    • Syrian_refugee
      January 25, 2017

      Linton No man, Gregor need to write a letter to Hassan Rouhani and tell him to release monfared cause he putting Dominica in a bad light :lol: :lol:

      • stupes !
        January 25, 2017

        I agree with u, them man giving DOMINICA a bad name lol :mrgreen: :!:
        Dominica is not a country :roll: :!:
        DOMINICA IS A COMEDY :arrow: :mrgreen: :roll: :oops:
        LORD SAVE US FROM THIS crap :!: :lol: :roll: :!:

  70. Iamanidiot
    January 25, 2017

    OH lemme tag Tony.

    @AnthonyAstaphans.

  71. FBI Agent
    January 25, 2017

    I blame Lennox Linton and his CBS news report for the. Is Lennox that gave yet another croik our passport and we hold Lennox for everything these crooks and criminals, who hold our diplomatic passport did. I even blame Lennox for causing the PM to spend the entire month of January 2017, in Dominica. Is Lennox Linton that cause that and is Lennox Linton that put Dominica in such bad light. Let’s blame Lennox Linton for everything the…… do, although Linton remains an Honorable man

    • stupes !
      January 25, 2017

      I agree with u…. is Lennox Linton that spending the CBI money and Lennox linton That say NO salary increase
      for the Next THREE years…. till election… Yes I ! SMH ! :!:
      Trump better call Lennox Linton in the white house and ask him a question smh :roll: :!:
      Dominica is not a country :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Boy Lennox Good WI ! :mrgreen: :roll: :mrgreen:

  72. January 25, 2017

    tony have to come with his alternative facts just listen and by the way they have more to catch .

  73. Hello
    January 25, 2017

    I do not support Lennox and I still think what he did on international television was wrong since we are a tourist destination. But this CIP needs to be transparent. I’m just hoping all the money goes back to the country and nothing is pocketed.

    • Amarossa
      January 25, 2017

      Well aren’t you just a naive little thing! All the money goes back to the country indeed! That will happen.

      hehehehehehehe!!!

    • Anonymous
      January 25, 2017

      I do not support a political party but his has nothing to do with politics but the future of our country. Lennox is right.

    • Dominican Passports
      January 25, 2017

      Spoken like a true Dumbnican, passports selling like hot bread and all they have to show for it is a little bridge building in Roseau

  74. Canawie
    January 25, 2017

    Ok is this story real. Big question so did they revoke the diplomatic status before, because clearly by reading the story this guy character has been questionable for years. Let’s hear what our Governance has to say about it.
    All I’m saying is Dominicans take this things for granted and do not demand the immediate cessation of the CPI, we in for some major sanctions on us.
    Parents and people of Dominica the British has already implemented regulations preventing our children from studying. Don’t subject your children to political ignorance, the decision you make today will determine not only your future but that of your children.
    I hope you all saw where his children a born, they are not subjected to sanctions when implemented on our beloved Country Dominica.
    The Future of Dominica is in You the Citizens Hand, it is almost to late every second now counts

    • Truth Be Told
      January 25, 2017
    • Hurtingformyhome
      January 26, 2017

      That is the same thing I thought. Skerrit did not think Dominica was worthy of his children. His children are all US citizens. His children can go study when they are ready despite political situations. After he lets the US, UK and Canada deny entry to our students, DCA will become a crime zone bc of frustration. Red clinic and red umbrella and fete cannot be worth our future. If this type of incident happens once or twice, we can blv it is a mistake. But how many criminals have been caught with our diplomatic passports to date? He can SAY they are not selling them, butt this proves otherwise. Vote him out. That is the only way DCA can get out of that shadow that will be cast on us.

  75. john3 16
    January 25, 2017

    60 minutes

  76. stupes !
    January 25, 2017

    If I can read this article, So is President Donald Trump. Someone backside will be on fire :!: :oops: :mrgreen:

  77. R. Linton
    January 25, 2017

    Well I refuse to be blinded by any form of politics… I will be a slave to NO politician. If this is facts then it is facts…I am tired of cover ups. Yes we all make mistakes in business especially when setting up new ventures & programs…But if these mistakes continues and there are clear patterns of repeats then we must ask ourselves a question.
    It is shameful when one comes out in the open with truth..and they are knock the hell down by members of gov and blinded elements…We need to take control of this country. We need to be responsible for the well being of each other.
    I will not entertain excuses from anyone… Our image needs to be fixed…Mr. PM you and the ministers who seem not to have bols needs to fix it NOW!!

  78. Michael Davis
    January 25, 2017

    Toney we need your help to spin that one. Please help us toney, save us. We need you. Please help.

  79. Jack man
    January 25, 2017

    And dey want to say lennox lying about criminals buying our passports??, blame Lennox still

  80. stupes !
    January 25, 2017

    If i can read that so is Donald Trump the President of the United States Of America.
    Somebody backside is on fire smh ! :roll: :!: :mrgreen:

  81. Kincaid Mawish, JD
    January 25, 2017

    This man was never issued a Dominica diplomatic passport.

    Please stop this fake news.

    • TrueDominikaan
      January 25, 2017

      So why does he have one? Stop being ignorant!!

    • FORKIT
      January 25, 2017

      well well, Lennox and Gabriel.. i think you guys should remain silent on t his one. let me hear what spin tony and de “simeon” have to say….CRAZY WHERE YOU… the garbage coming from allu mouth seem too be getting allu sick.
      i pray that god heal you with a renewed spirit of righteousness.

    • Me
      January 25, 2017

      You mean this is an alternative fact, the new euphemism for a lie? you are only joking of course, at least I hope so.

    • Amarossa
      January 25, 2017

      Denial much? :-P :-P

    • TORKSPEC
      January 25, 2017

      Really Guy?????

    • January 25, 2017

      You are partly correct, the headline should be Former Dominican diplomat arrested. As the story unfolds more will be revealed. He did have a Dominican diplomatic passport, we should soon find out what happened to that passport.

    • concern citizen
      January 25, 2017

      Dear kincaid Mawish, JD
      Ask TONY As Taphan and he will tell U when the passport was issued and when it was revoked,
      People like U should be imprisoned for supporting and / or defending corruption,

    • Kincaid Mawish, JD
      January 26, 2017

      Thanks for the likes.

      As I mentioned in my earlier post, this man was never formally issued with a diplomatic passport. It seems that the ordinary passport issued to him may have been tampered with to make it appear to be a diplomatic one.

      As soon as the government was alerted to this, the passport was cancelled on the 20th of January of this year.

      Now, this was an excellent response by Dr. Skerrit and his team and instead of having a go at him, Dominicans should be congratulating him for his very fine running of the nation’s CBI program which is probably one of the best in the world.

      • Hurtingformyhome
        January 26, 2017

        This is a lie and you know it. He has been a wanted criminal for a while. Why was his passport only revoked this year? It is bc they realized he would be caught so they needed deniability in the matter. Ask yourself this, if we are not handing them out carelessly, why are so many unrepairable ppl being caught with them? Proper scrutiny takes time. Money exchange occurs for these diplomatic passports whether you want to admit it or not. This will not end well for DCA and I surely hope you don’t jump ship and go overseas after defending them. There is no accountability. It has to stop.

  82. Gyaldem
    January 25, 2017

    HMPH!!

    Let me hear Tony Astaphan spin that one!

    Brothers and sisters please note carefully that it is a DIPLOMATIC passport eh, not an ordinary one….So, DNO bring on the APOLOGISTS that want to crucify Lennox Linton.

    I’ll wait.

    • Lang Mama
      January 25, 2017

      He has both passports

    • Douglas Simon
      January 25, 2017

      Mass in The Cemetery has a nice piece on that issue. This country of ours is runner by a bunch ………………

  83. optimist
    January 25, 2017

    Zor nous pwe.. Something must be seriously wrong with our populace to accept this kinda nonsense which is going on.. But any way God is still on the throne.. He uses good and evil for his own glory.

  84. January 25, 2017

    That is what is needed, facts. Not baseless rumours. Now the government who has the authority to appoint diplomats and issue diplomatic passports must explain.

  85. VALUE 4 MONEY
    January 25, 2017

    waw..wat a waw

    • Hurtingformyhome
      January 26, 2017

      Kondi those Nigerians. Wat a wow vyai :-D

  86. Shaka Zulu
    January 25, 2017

    Tony Astaphans should go defend him. There was a Chinese company, bunch of diplomats the list goes on. Once is a mistake, twice is a habbit, multiple times you people are idiots. Every honest minded Dominican should take to the streets stay away from work and demand the skerrit regime callback commission of enquiry immediately, questions need to be answered………….. What have we done for ourselves in the past 16 years? Roosevelt skerrit Mano Lawrence and the rest need to answer to the people. They are not our boss. If sacrifices need to be made so be it. We cannot continue down this path.

    • Dominican Passports
      January 25, 2017

      Also labor party needs to be dismantled and done with, it plays on the mind of poor naive Dominicans and has done more damage than any other entity to Dominica on a whole…

  87. SN
    January 25, 2017

    The borie burst. What does have Skerrit have to say? Tony, explain the vetting.

  88. Floyd Capitolie
    January 25, 2017

    Skerrit is invincible we will still win the elections, who vex lost. Linton will never be pm.

    • Tjebe fort
      January 25, 2017

      Floyd I hear you say to Matt that one time your mind was not right. did you see Dr. Benjamin Floyd? Maybe you should as for your money back. everybody lasughing at you in layou my boy. Best you keep quiet for a while.

      • concern citizen
        January 25, 2017

        Floyd get his RENTAL, the other one have BAKERY all that from PETRO CARIB, U think Floyd don’t have to defend his interest, if they tell FLOYD to shoot me for SKERRIT he will do it, although we are from same constituency I mean Grand bay that’s where he from

    • January 25, 2017

      Smh….just WOW

    • optimist
      January 25, 2017

      but wait!!! that not Flody… hmmmpt.. cant believe someone has this guts..

    • Anonymous
      January 25, 2017

      You bet on the wrong horse mister but it is too late now. Your horse is a loser, you will see.

    • Deborah
      January 25, 2017

      as for you that cacador. you must sing for your supper. but the time coming when all that has been done in darkness MUST come to light. I want sanctions sanctions and more sanctions then let me see if we will still seat on our laurels.

      • Push ON
        January 25, 2017

        i dying :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: cacdor :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

      • January 25, 2017

        If what you say about Skeritt and his cabal is true, sanctions will not hurt them. It will however hurt small people, not people like Gabriel, Lennox and others like them. Sanctions will also make it difficult for any new incoming government to govern. So when you call for sanctions in such a cavalier manner it shows a very high level of stupidity on your part. In other words let’s burn the house to kill the rat under the bed.

    • concern citizen
      January 25, 2017

      We are not interested in LENNOX to be PM all we want is for corrupt SKERRIT to get lost so that we can be like our neighbours free up the people,

    • Hurtingformyhome
      January 26, 2017

      The next time ppl message me and ask me if I not getting my free ticket to go vote for skerrit, I will save the message bc that is the kind of proof we need. You all pay dcans overseas to come vote. Dominicans be vigilant. Next election, monitor airports and docks for ppl coming in for a day or two. Why are we overseas swaying elections? You get your free plane ticket and go home and vote for ppl who put the country in a mess for those at home. I swear next elevtion I will expose some ppl. This is just nonsense. Now you coming and boast? Then you’ll go to church and say you Christian. I am not surprised because even Satan was once an angel.

  89. Dominica at large
    January 25, 2017

    Here we go again, ………………….,lets hear what tony and the others have as excuse this time

  90. Tjebe fort
    January 25, 2017

    Francine Baron threw her lot in with Roosevelt Skerrit and now we know why she did not want to answer Lennox Linton question in the House. Well my lady, you are grown up with superior air about you. Your credibility is shot my lady, no credibility at all. How can you represent our country internationally now and be taken serious? Perhaps only in a wob doujet for a U.$.$.10,000 fee? You have ambarrased all of us and put our country to shame and for that I can not forgive you.

  91. AJ
    January 25, 2017

    Oh oh…let’s hide this news so that the world doesn’t see!

  92. Thrilller
    January 25, 2017

    8-O That’s a real passport? But PM say that not true :(

  93. San Antonio Tx
    January 25, 2017

    Haha those educated fools in Dominica let them blame Linton….smh

    Dominica is known Globally as the FOOLS PARADISE! the citizens and institutions are afraid of doing anything to clear Dominica’s name, look at a set of evil and wicked minded People in Dominica…they will perish in Darkness…

    So the educated fools in Dominica don’t see the US is monitoring everything..Trump is on the ball instantly re his immigration restrictions, but the educated fools in Dominica still casting a blind eye!…haha

    Don’t worry the Cruise Ships will pull out one by one, and Dominicans will be blacklist without them even knowing….

    Never thought that Dominicans would be so blind and foolish….it’s pure evil to reign in Power for one man only…why on earth would he be going around in all villages dishing out monies..tell me which Prime Minister in the region does that….

    Dominicans praised evil that’s why they are perishing with poverty!

    • The Darkness
      January 25, 2017

      Hmmm… Your subjecting everyone for eating?

      But let me correct you on 1 thing: There is no other land more vile and evil than America and the other big nations of the world.

      Dominica is slowly gonna become 1 of theirs the way we are heading. A simple small asset, full of resources.

      • Hurtingformyhome
        January 26, 2017

        It is not about eating. Dcans have become lazy. They don’t want to work. Quick fix. I agree America is corrupt, but can we compete on the global market the way America can? Nooooooo. That is when we will truly starve. San Antonio is correct. Our name is one of our most prized and valuable assets. You propose we sell that for handouts in red clinic? That practice needs to stop. Provide opportunities for ppl to earn a living and we will have no need for red clinic.

  94. Dominican
    January 25, 2017

    Mr. Skerrit needs to resign over this. Honestly, our international reputation is in tatters. What now Senior Council? You still want to defend the indefensible?

    • Dominican Passports
      January 25, 2017

      Garson you shouldn’t even call mr Senior council, you have him on to much high regards. Snakes alone that with these guys

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