UPDATE (with cancelled passport photo): Monfared’s Dominican diplomatic passport revoked in 2016 – Astaphan

Monfared was arrested on allegations that he was involved in Iran’s biggest corruption scandal

A Dominican diplomatic passport issued to Iranian, Alireza Zibahalat Monfared, was revoked in 2016, Senior Counsel and advisor to the government, Tony Astaphan, has told Dominica News Online.

His revelation came after news broke that Monfared was arrested and extradited to Iran on allegations that he was involved in that middle eastern country’s biggest-ever corruption scandal.

DNO made several attempts to contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to confirm whether Monfared actually held a Dominican diplomatic passport at the time of his arrest or whether he ever held a Dominican diplomatic passport, but was unsuccessful.

DNO then contacted Astaphan, who, speaking on behalf of Prime Minister Skerrit, informed us that the diplomatic passport was revoked on January 20, 2016. He said this was done as part of a review process of existing appointments.

He also said a decision was made after the matter involving Nigerian ex-government minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to appoint a consultant to assist with the process of making appointments to Dominica’s diplomatic positions and since then, no new appointments have been made. Astaphan said the process continues.

Alison-Madueke was appointed as ambassador and commissioner for trade and investment for Dominica but was arrested in Britain on suspicions of bribery and money laundering in 2015. So far no charges have been brought against her.

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.

Reports indicate that he was issued Dominican diplomatic passport number, DP0000426, in March 2o15.

DNO was told that both Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Foreign Affairs Minister Francine Baron are out of state and will issue a formal response to the matter upon their return. 

Photo showing cancelled passport

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172 Comments

  1. Frank Talker
    January 27, 2017

    Bull !!! With machine-readable passport, once it is cancelled it cannot be used to travel. So if this passport was cancelled in 2016, it would “PING” when scanned by the machine used by immigration.

    • cyril
      January 27, 2017

      This is going to be my last comment on this issue. Again, this isn’t political to me. Yes, I may prefer one party over the, for now. The other party has NOT PROVEN viable TO LEAD my BELOVED COUNTRY, DOMINICA. Most repetitive post here are people with political and financial motives. Be VERY AWARE. Now to your point Frank T. If you had read the article carefully, you would have seen that this fugitive had numerous passports, NOT only DOMINICA, which according to MR Astaphan, has been cancelled since January 2016. If this article is true, from which I have NOT seen from any reliable/ credible news source, then this story isn’t about the CPI program, but a desperate personal, political smear from the other party. Keep in mind that this program is very lucrative hence you’ll find desperate people with personal interest throwing the kitchen sink and whatever else they can find to deep into it.

    • Dominican
      January 27, 2017

      From my own experience a cancelled passport, or one that has expired can be retained by the holder but it is spoilt by cutting a corner , or punching holes through it for instance. I see nothing of that here. Besides, if it was taken from the holder why would it bear a simple stamp cancelled and not be destroyed, seeing that it can no longer be used by anyone?

  2. Slumber
    January 27, 2017

    The stamp reads cancel, does it say the date, it could have been stamped after. If the passport was cancelled on January 20 2016, why did he rent a house on January 23 2016, in Dominica . Why did a certain attorney meet with him at the house in June and he left from the house the same day after meeting with the attorney in a hurried manner, leaving thousands of dollars in unpaid bills all across the country.

    Why didn’t the government of Dominica, assist the Iranian government in apprehending him IF, he no longer held diplomatic status with Dominica

    Dominican’s it’s your choice to support whichever party you want but wrong is wrong. Those of you who fail to open your eyes to see what is happening around you, I feel sorry for you. You have no love for your country and when you have no love for your country, you have no love for your children because when these goonies destroy Dominica, they destroy everything and everyone in it
    Its time to wake from…

  3. LB
    January 26, 2017
  4. LB
    January 26, 2017

    some more supporting documents for clarity is required to support Tony’s statements and the press release from the ministry of foreign affairs. The confirmation letter from either the prime minister or the minister of foreign affairs confirming cancellation of his Diplomatic passport. Please include gazetted info support.

  5. Anthony P. Ismael
    January 26, 2017

    A few weeks ago when the 60 Minutes story was aired about the scams with Dominica’s “Passport Selling Business,” Hon. Linton was accused of committing “Economic Treason” against the economic interest of his own country. Gregor Nassief wrote an open letter to him and the rest of the “Labor Cronies,” were unable to close to their “Trap” for one second. Now that more evidence of what we already knew is in plain sight with this latest fiasco, I’m waiting for “Tony the Tiger and Nassief” to write an open letter to Skerrit accusing him of committing economic treason and reprehensible harm to Dominica’s good name by knowing and willfully selling our passports to known international criminals.

  6. truth
    January 26, 2017

    The two passports have different numbers, The one on the top is missing a 6

  7. Coleen_your_met_Bodah
    January 26, 2017

    http://curacaochronicle.com/region/dominica-diplomat-arrested-in-billion-dollar-embezzlement-scheme/
    In addition to his Dominica diplomatic passport, Monfared had various passports, including a regular Dominica passport, and had managed to escape extradition at least once when he was briefly detained in Malaysia, where he claimed diplomatic immunity. :lol: :lol: :lol:

  8. cyril
    January 26, 2017

    DNO, how/where can we find the author to this article? A matter so serious SHOULD NOT go lightly. This is beyond political mischief. This is treason! To deliberately disseminate deceitful dirt for political gain is disgraceful!
    THIS IS SO SAD!!

    • Titiwi
      January 26, 2017

      Cyril, Gary and likeminded Roosevelt Skerrit supporters. I realise this is hard to swallow but the story was firs released by AFP (Agence France Presse) in Tehran and carried by a variety of news media such as: the Daily Star and Maharnet (both Lebanon), Zawanalwil net (Iran) and the well established Anticorruption Digest. Just google the headline “Iran arrest corrupt corrupt fugitive after international manhunt” and you will find a variety of international media covering the story.
      I am afraid this may well cause potential clients under our DBI programme to reflect and perhaps consider a citizenship from an alternative country. And we have only ourselves, more specifically our leadership, to blame.

      • The Truth Be Told (Original)
        January 26, 2017

        Did it cross your mind that Iran could have paid the government of Dominican Republic an exorbitant sum to extradite him otherwise they would not do so?
        Ever thought that the D.R. could be a corrupt government and would not do so without a price? This is something you should look into. Food for thought.

      • Titiwi
        January 27, 2017

        Dear Madame, if that were the case Dominica would be truly guilty of corruption as well as double crossing a so called benefactor of our country, wouldn’t you think?

  9. Tick Tock Tick Tock
    January 26, 2017

    Tony tell me something which passport is the correct one because I have seen two and the signatures are not the same etc etc

    • The Truth Be Told (Original)
      January 26, 2017

      Who really cares?

  10. R. Philogene
    January 26, 2017

    It should be noted that the passport section which has the main information of the passport holder is not stamped CANCELLED. This is where the cancelled stamp should be.

    • Ebong
      January 27, 2017

      On the plastic dummy? I guess you never seen a cancelled passport in your life.

  11. tatiana
    January 26, 2017

    Ok the cancelled passport is not enough. we need to see the letter that was written to him cancelling his passport, the reason the decision was taken to cancel it and the letters written to immigration authorities out of Dominica advising that Dominica no longer has any affiliation with this man and therefore his passport has been revoked for the reasons stated.

    I am getting confused as to whom to believe – government or Linton them that keeps digging up things and somehow the government always has an explanation for them, although they claim what Linton them saying is untrue and bringing down the country. i am scared

  12. big mouth from possie
    January 26, 2017

    but since when Iran is spelt IrN.all u take a close look at it

  13. SN
    January 26, 2017

    This is a picture of the passport taken from the computer and then stamped cancelled and then posted to provided support for the claim the passport was revoked. If you look at the picture there is a reflection of the flash when the picture was taken off the computer screen in the black area of the passport. Nice try, Toni, but that does not fool us. Take a look at DNO\’s picture; that reflection is not there. Take a look at caribbeannewsnow.com\’s picture of the passport; there is no reflection and no cancelled stamp. http://www.caribbeannewsnow.com/headline-Dominica-diplomat-arrested-in-billion-dollar-embezzlement-scheme-33307.html. The question is, if the government got its hands on the passport, why was it not confiscated? The passport must have come into play because the guy claimed diplomatic immunity upon arrest, showing his passport. He would have had to know he had a revoked passport.

  14. Tick Tock Tick Tock
    January 26, 2017

    Well Tony tell me something so if what you and the Government is saying is true why is it that when the opposition asked for the information of the Passports those revoked and those who have the minister of foreign affairs refuses to give the information. As a lawyer don’t you find that fishy.

  15. viewsexpressed
    January 26, 2017

    “……….diplomatic passport was revoked on January 20, 2016. He said this was done as part of a review process of existing appointments……”
    Give me a break, you were all caught with your ASSESTS down. After he brought shame to you all you coming with this silly excuse that a review was done….this is damn liar mentality . Come better than that. Poltical Hypocrites.

  16. Prophet
    January 26, 2017

    DNO will stop at nothing to se Linton in power……lol That will never happen….lmao

  17. Love
    January 26, 2017

    King Dice, Aaron, P., ” dear Dominica, my true confession, is what I didn’t do. I watch you suffer, for my allegiance was to someone else not you. Your advantagers, many in number, the patriots are few. So it’s no wonder we are where we are, we did not stand with you”.
    Small wonder that Dubai Delegation is so popular with some! Because of this new info, I’d suggest a rewrite or tweaking of that song!
    But I digress. My people, we are wholly more intelligent than this! Why are we allowing this? Do you all understand that this is potentially a category 5? How many of us have the means of moving on a whim if push comes to shove?
    We are no different from parents who take hush money. This land is our home!! Why in the he’ll we are allowing this to happening is not beyond me….it doesn’t pay to be greedy, it doesn’t pay to be lazy. It doesn’t work to be dependent upon one man to provide for you!! It surely isn’t worth it to let our country sink because you loving the lying…

  18. Real possie
    January 26, 2017

    Right there in DNO pic it’s 4266 and not 426. Boy look reporting at its best.

  19. Titiwi
    January 26, 2017

    Whether or not this passport was cancelled does not alter the fact that mr. Skerrit provided this individual with one of our diplomatic passports. This was issued in March of 2015. I clearly remember all the noise and extensively reported extravagant reception of mr. Skerrit and his entourage in Kuala Lumpur by this gentleman and signing ceremonies of all sorts of agreements Even Donald Peters of the state College was roped in. Yet, now we are asked to believe that this big investor’s diplomatic status was cancelled a mere ten months later and while he was resident in Dominica? Why? Not only that, mr. Astaphan clearly did not know anything about that till this latest scandal broke.and had to ride to the rescue while mr. Skerrit is in Greece. Why, to consult the oracle of Delphi perhaps?
    It simply does not add up.

  20. January 26, 2017

    I thought they said that, they were not selling diplomatic passports…
    It should not have been sold to him in the first place…what happen..the Dummy – ni – can politicians that believe in the sales of the nation’s passport along with Mr Astaphans they are not following the news..what planet are they residing on..or are they drunk..or high on something.
    Are they not aware of the much friction between many of the Arab nations and the west,some African and Asian all so…And that the restrictions that are in place by these advance western countries US, UK, Canada, France, Germany etc against these Arab,Eastern and some African countries that the only reason they would be looking to get their hands on passport other than theirs is to be able to get around these restriction..The dummies need someone to tell them that..I’m sure some of the ordinary folks on the streets in Roseau knows that…

  21. LaPlaine Observer
    January 26, 2017

    This irrefutable revelation demonstrates the total disregard that Skerrit shows towards the constitution by publicly denying the very existence of these Diplomatic Passports. This is tarnishing the reputation of our country on the world stage. Everyone, regardless of party affiliation should be outraged.

  22. Canawie
    January 26, 2017

    Who do you guys think you can fool, it’s not every one that’s stupid. The international agency displayed the picture of the man travel documents one side, I would like Tony to explain how did he get access to the passport now to show the other side has cancelled. Dice is right those who believe that crap really living in a fool’s paradise

  23. AA
    January 26, 2017

    So DNO quickly change the headline of the first story from Dominican diplomat to former diplomat. People take heed!

    I know they will not post my comment. The rat really smelling

    • stupes
      January 27, 2017

      Wow.. If you did not say that I wouldn’t even realize na lol yesssssiii

  24. Michael Norris
    January 26, 2017

    I find it totally disrespectful to the people of Dominica that on important national issues (such as this one) time and time again it is one Tony Astaphan, not elected or appointed to any public office and representing no constituency, is speaking on behalf of the government rather than government ministers who have a fiduciary responsibility to the people of Dominica. SMH

  25. SosoRock
    January 25, 2017

    I thought when situations such as those arise, then it is the responsibility of the leader of the government who should come forward and explain to the people in chronological order the happenings. This false claim stating the cancellation of this diplomatic passport is going to back fire as the holder of such passport, will have to defend why is he travelling with a cancelled diplomatic passport? Another question is; How possible could it be, that a man whose diplomatic passport is claimed to be cancelled be still in the hands of the accuser and in government position at the same time? Think people! think!

  26. Disciple
    January 25, 2017

    I can see one passport is a picture and the other passport is a copy but whoever made the second passport could not duplicate the orange and blue ribbon also the computer scan strip is different. But all this is small compared to the fact. The passport was issued and signed by one of our leaders,the question is who issued the passport and what would be the reason to have somebody off another nationality represent Dominica in a diplomatic status. and that is the explanation the public needs to know.

  27. Disciple
    January 25, 2017

    To whom it may concern. Can you please take a look at the blue security Reborn Dominica passport 80s Orange and blue on the Note cancel passport also the font diplomatic passport Commonwealth of Dominica a slightly different
    God bless

  28. Dice Again
    January 25, 2017

    Dicie, you realize you need to give us an updated version of “my Dominicatradehouse.com this year. Yes man we giving everybody their flowers because that’s the right thing to do but boy, we need to update this version OK bro. Dice Again!!!

  29. My little take
    January 25, 2017

    So you mean to tell that those boys came right in Dominica to pick up their boy? Where was the army of Skerrit? Where were his eight soldiers that normally travel on those two black SUV’S? You mean to tell me all you let them go with Skerrit friend? So what if during the trial in Iran the man reveals that he gave Skerrit some of the money? What if they decide to come for Skerrit boy? Papa met, I really fraid for my PM we because I know when man facing death threat they does confess we boy and them a put their friends in trouble to we boy. Boy Skerrit behave yourself tone because those 8 soldiers of yours can’t protect you from interpol international manhunt police nou boy

  30. PERFECT IDIOT
    January 25, 2017

    OK Tony, say according to you his diplomatic passport was indeed cancelled: but the question is was he given a regular Dominica passport instead because here is what Curacao Chronicles. Com is reporting sir: “In addition to his Dominica diplomatic passport, Monfared had various passports, including a regular Dominica passport, and had managed to escape extradition at least once when he was briefly detained in Malaysia, where he claimed diplomatic .”

  31. PERFECT IDIOT
    January 25, 2017

    Mr. Tony Astaphan here is the embarrassment Dominicans face yet again in the media: This time I hope you don’t blame Lennox Linton for this embarrassment. I’ve searched this breaking news all over on the internet but so far no one tells it better than the Curacao Chronicles, so I felt I should share it with you Tony and the rest of the spinners

    http://curacaochronicle.com/region/dominica-diplomat-arrested-in-billion-dollar-embezzlement-scheme/

  32. questions
    January 25, 2017

    Did he bring back the passport so that they can stamp it cancelled? Why would he do that? Was this passport in his possession when he was arrested or is this just a new copy of his passport they made and stamped cancelled on it just to silence people’s curiosity. Dno where did you get this picture of the man;s passport?

  33. Shameless
    January 25, 2017

    Sadly, every dog and cat has Dca’s diplomatic passport. We need to also clean our own backyard and demand our diplomatic passports given to DLP Supporters in return for their votes. There once was a famous Man of the Cloth in Dominica who once said that Skerrit is the smartest PM that dominica ever had during a funeral for another man of the cloth.Was he saying that simply because he wanted his Diplomatic Passport renewed? 8) 8) 8) . Inquiring minds want to know 8) 8) . What is he doing with a Diplomatic passport anyway? What is his diplomatic position on behalf of we Dominicans? :twisted:

    Always Assertive! :twisted: :twisted:

  34. RastarMarn
    January 25, 2017

    DNO why did allyou photo edit to cut out Skerrit from the picture,,,

    http://saten.ir/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Alireza-Zibahalat-Monfared.jpg

    if all you gonna bring the news bring the who truth and nothing but the truth,,,

    Fool some people some times but you cannot full all the people all the time,,,

  35. The Truth Be Told (Original)
    January 25, 2017

    He applied for a passport. Did he have time to get it?
    How many people produce fake documents, diplomas, credentials and fake letters of reference?
    The documents could have been prepared but the man had not signed the passport and delivered it or that he had not yet picked it up, however this system works.
    If he was in possession of a Dominican passport when he was arrested, it would obviously be seized. That passport may never be returned.
    Have you ever seen replicas of pictures, etc. placed on Websites? Even though the Iranian may have had the passport, this was done to inform you D/cans that the passport was cancelled. You do not think.
    Once they heard he was arrested, the passport was cancelled immediately.
    The more some of you accuse, judge and condemn without knowing the truth, the more you heap hot burning coals on your heads. The same as giving thumbs down when some people comment sensibly which you could learn from.

    • Ebong
      January 27, 2017

      You so lying….. Tony said it was revoked on January 20,2016 meaning last year. So what you talking about when he was arrested the passport was revoked. Sortila avec sot ou.

  36. Iamanidiot
    January 25, 2017

    You’ll Cancel his passport? WHILE travelling in Malaysia with him?
    Awa Tony, that ink still fresh.

  37. Just Passing Through
    January 25, 2017

    Why some people don’t want Tony to talk but they are talking all the time, on whose behalf are they talking? These people talk as if Dominicans in other man country do not get themselves in trouble with the law.

    Do we stop and ask ourselves, why people who oppose the government would search high and low for anything that would put our country at risk? Do they care about me and you? The ordinary man and woman being helped by our government in a way never before?

    Should we be more worried about them than the people who support our CBI? Do you know where you will be tomorrow? Do you know what that young man or woman of yours who you’ve put all your hopes and dreams in will become tomorrow? Do we really know what the future holds?

    Yet we think the PM has a crystal ball of everyone’s future. As the saying goes when you dig a pit for your enemy remember to dig another one for yourself. Shame on those of us who want to see Dominica’s downfall.

  38. John Jay
    January 25, 2017

    Tony what you believe , you think we carry g our ignorance as a badge of honour. You (TONY & family) not living in Dominica. Don’t try that a passport which was issued to this guy has an expiration date so come better piece of . What you have to do is go up for election next time.

  39. Da
    January 25, 2017

    I would like to hear from the other ministers of Government who were actually voted into office! Let us know where you guys and gals are on this controversial topics. To All parliamentarians , Dominicans need to know what you all are thinking and what actions you all have in mind to get the name of Dominica out of this international melee, since criminals and terrorists maybe potential words that might be used to describe our nationals.
    Come on guys do something to stop the madness!

  40. Anti-corruption
    January 25, 2017

    Why is Skerritt doing that to an entire nation of peaceful people?

    Why are 70000 plus Dominicans allowing skerritt, one man, to destroy Dominica, its name and put the nation in so much bad light internationally?

    Is it the CULT state, and control by Massa, that the people have brought themselves to and cannot get away from its clutches? The oppressive, manipulative, days of Massa biting hard.

    The church leaders, the hierarchy of those churches, who claim to be on the side of righteousness, have said, will say nothing to displease their massa. Our country is being raped by corrupt men and women, yet they moo-moo, pretending to love the poor, who they see suffering under dictatorship style massa rule.

    Many of those, who have acquired some form of higher training, continue to deny the TRUTH, even though it hits them straight in their faces. They will twist and spin, but just cannot refute the hard evidence being shown.. No to CORRUPTION. Free and FAIR ELECTIONS…

    • NUWP
      January 25, 2017

      Wen u having ur next shower please wash ur empty brain. Because u constantly speak trash with no facts. Look the passport with a big CANCELLED STAMP IN UR FACE BUT U WILLINGLY WONT SEE IT BCUS U WANT TO BLECH SOUR BOBBLES. Good thing out of the 70,000 people the majority we can read research and able to analize things. If we had to depend on u all to educate us wat a country we would have been yea. But awa we won’t allow u all to teach us. Bcus u all will tell us 1+1 is not 2 but it is a bigger one. But the few voices on the radio an else where isn’t all voting when the time comes around. AND ONCE AGAIN WE WILL SHOW U ALL NU PA LAY ZOR ACOR. God love us so much dat is y he keeping all u out for so long. LABOR KA TWAVIE AND GOD BLESS DOMINICA AND OUR DR. Skerrit. So try to instigate violence in our country. How u see we not talking dre hmmmm. Dats all I will say. Mond Daniel I starting. First time I see a party want to FORCE IT SELF ON A PEOPLECWHO CANSTANTLY REJECT THEM SO WE PAPA…

      • Push ON
        January 26, 2017

        wow what ignorance in this long winding paragraph ….SAD! cordy Trump :lol: :lol: :lol:

      • Rachel
        January 26, 2017

        Ok who beat you you ? cancelled but the damage already done fool all u think all u invincible okay more to come stay tunef

    • indira Ghandi
      January 25, 2017

      To Mr. Lennox Linton,THANK YOU for fighting for us to open our eyes.
      Did Tony and Nassief say you were putting Dominica in bad light?
      Who is really doing it?
      Boy,Tony and Skerrit wicked eh.
      I wonder what percent of those passport money that goes into their pockets and their friends pockets.
      How can thousands of people allow two men to dextroy a whole country. Dominicans,it is time for us to stand up. Get rid of Tony and Skerrit and their stooges.
      if we do not take action now, TOO LATE WILL BE OUR CRY.
      WE will wKe up one morning and find there is no more Dominica.
      this is just ridiculous

    • Prophet
      January 26, 2017

      Dominicans are not peaceful, they always love ugly, these people will badplay to see their own suffer. DLP is still the Government for Dominica today. We just simply have no faith in UWP and Linton.

    • The Truth Be Told (Original)
      January 27, 2017

      You call yourself peaceful?

  41. Polls Archive
    January 25, 2017

    Guys I’m seeing the passport number showing DP000426…my tiny little mind is computing furiously and I’m wondering if the 000426 is actually the numeric count of how many diplomatic passports are actually out there? Like for instance DP00001 would have been the first diplomatic passport issued DP00025 would have been the 25th one and so on?

    I hope you all can follow my line of thought…

    • derp
      January 25, 2017

      well logically it would make sense and judging by the way numbering systems are run in Dominica, it’s most likely over 400 diplomatic passports are circling out there

    • Ras Ju
      January 26, 2017

      If Diplomatic Passports are valid for 5 years it is very unlikely 0001 would still be in circulation.
      I have no idea what the number on the oldest valid one is but I do not think there are 400 plus valid diplomatic passports.

    • Ebong
      January 27, 2017

      I wonder if you have a passport. Passport numbers are not in order like that. Y’all just making stuff up.

  42. Cyril
    January 25, 2017

    I hope Dominicans see this for what it is. Take a look at both passport pictures. Why is one SO UPCLOSE and the other isn’t ?
    If this is the case, DNO IS RESPONSIBLE, for rush journalism inspite your attempt to clarification.
    Curious to know who the author of this article is. I am hoping that thinking Dominicans can see this for what it is. A POLITICAL WITCH- HUNT.

  43. JOSH SHAW
    January 25, 2017

    This astafans guy not tired of blablaing and telling lies. your time coming

  44. Elephan
    January 25, 2017

    This passport is a fakee! Brand-new serving as a cover up. Astaphan believe he fooling people yh

    • Dominican
      January 26, 2017

      Cut & paste you mean? I remember Tony using that phrase so often accusing the opposition of dirty tricks. Anyway, this is just a diversion. The fact is that Roosevelt Skerrit did appoint this …. there is no question about that. So whatever Tony says we must question Roosevelt’s judgement. I heard Tony say on Marpin news last night that Skerrit used the U.S. company Bishop for vetting. That is a very reputable company and I can not believe that these people would have given Monfared a clean bill of health if he was involved in sanctions busting against the U.S.. Also, Tony knew nothing about this till this news broke because he says he checked with Skerrit when he was on his way to Greece. CBS should do another investigation because something is smelling bad.

  45. January 25, 2017

    Astaphan. ..that looks like a photo-shopped image to me! That small “cancelled” looks like an office stamp posted on an existing photo then photographed again. This is so easy to do that my four year old nephew can do it. Where is the concrete proof? A photo that could be so easily faked is your proof? HOGWASH! Then also, the revocation of this Diplomatic Passport, if it’s even factual, has no relevance anyway. The issue is how and why was this individual issued a Diplomatic Passport in the first place and why are so many current or FORMER Dominican Diplomats being arrested, under investigation, etc.? Clearly there is cause for concern and a need for a Commission of Inquiry!

    • Tjebe fort
      January 26, 2017

      Amen brother, amen. This is just another smokescreen by Senior Council. Don’t forget they, Astaphan have their own citizenship agency approve by Skerrit. Angelo told us that it is called Caribbean Citizenship inc. so Tony is not going to shit on his own family doorstep, is he?

    • Dominican
      January 26, 2017

      Its the same passport stop grasping at straws you sound desperate. No wonder nobody taking you all serious and Tony can hold down their supporters

      • Dominican
        January 27, 2017

        There is more than one Dominican and they do not all hold the same opinion. Thank God for democracy and let Him help us to keep it alive.

  46. Crab merchant
    January 25, 2017

    Cancelled in January 2016 while he was in Dominica as a guest of the government, even attending calypso show with Dice singing My Dominica Trade House? Manteh.

  47. %
    January 25, 2017

    Them fellas LYING so much,they forgot to put the date when they cancelled the passport man…CANCEL MY FOOT…
    You are taking every Dominican for those Labour Sack Sots!!!

  48. john wallace
    January 25, 2017

    why is his passport only valid for 5 years from 2015 to 2020, if am correct an adult passport is normally valid for 10 years and a child under 16 5 years. Looks fishy to me.

    • Truth Knowledge
      January 25, 2017

      Just to add to your knowledge John, diplomatic passports are issued for 5 years rather than, as you rightly point out, 10 years for regular adult passports.

    • Not a herd follower
      January 25, 2017

      This is a diplomatic passport, normally issued for 5 years

    • Me
      January 26, 2017

      No, this is a diplomatic passport, valid for 5 years.

    • dayandnight vision
      January 26, 2017

      John Wallace, DP are issued for 5 YEARS. Get your facts

  49. Helas!
    January 25, 2017

    there is no cancellation date, and it could have happened after the arrest! they think they smart?

    when the honorable lenox linton asked for the list of revoked passports why was it not presented then?

    those caca labour did not see that coming.

    i now call lenox linton honorable with much pleasure!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. hmmmmmmmmmm
    January 25, 2017

    This whole cancelled passport photo there seems VERY fishy!!!!!! All I smell there is cover up!! It is nothing for the cabal to make a replica today and stamp it cancel. How did the media get a photo of the non-stamped passport?

    I looking at the full passport pic on TDN and below the signature have some smudged inc.http://thedominican.net/2017/01/monfared-arrested-for-embezzlement.html

    Now the pic above there is no smudge/ black inc lines below the signature (under the M)

    Is there a coverup taking place?? 8-O 8-O 8-O 8-O

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

      People have a free mind to believe or not to believe. Even when the truth is glaring, they still will not believe and cannot be forced to believe. This does not mean because they do not believe they are correct; same as their opinion. Some are bent on and continue to do so, disbelieving what they cannot prove. 8-O 8-O 8-O 8-O 8-O

      • Magic Fingers
        January 25, 2017

        @ The Truth Be Told (Original)….I guess you’re referring to yourself, right?

      • Me
        January 26, 2017

        Dear lady please, stick to what you know. this is way out of your league.

    • Not a herd follower
      January 25, 2017

      Indeed, did the media get to look at the original passport? who released the photo with the ”cancelled” stamp?

  51. Zandolie
    January 25, 2017

    And PM TONY has spoken the sagga continues…
    what benefit was he to Dominica to hold a Diplomatic passport….
    why is it that we attract such individuals this is becoming a new-sense and should stop….
    we are on the path of exactly what st.kitts experienced bad name……
    still awaiting a press conference from the Doctor.

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

      You ask, “why is it that we attract such individuals . . .”
      Try putting it the other way around: “Why is it such individuals are attracted to obtain the passport?” Can anyone answer that and accurately?
      The questions could go on and on. Why are some people attracted to other people’s property and commit crimes, etc.? Why, oh why?

      • viewsexpressed
        January 26, 2017

        The truth is , it is convenience, to be one step away from the law, that is where they came from. Why would anyone pay such funds for a Dominican passport, an island with no tourism promoted to have people running here.

  52. LifeandDeath
    January 25, 2017

    Really!!? Like Tony or this DLP are credible..Notice the issue date and expiry date..Passport Cancelled less than a year of issue..and to cite the Madueke issue as the triger to review DP issuance..when Skerrit recently claimed Madueke is a free woman in London..Why do these people lie so much.
    But it doesn’t even matter now that it is “cancelled” the question is why he had it in the first place? and all who else are sporting DP from Dominica..a pachay silent Diplomats..All of allu need jail time..there is more than a rat stinking in this whole fiasco surely an inquiery into the management of the CBI must be commisioned..This is not Skerrit and the Labour party Jackpot to do as they like..

  53. Jack man
    January 25, 2017

    So why was this man made our diplomat? How did he become our diplomat? Why was his passport revoked? Was he refunded? How many more diplomatic passports have been revoked due to review? Why are diplomatic appointments so secretive? Why is it Astaphans always the one with information? Why cant the people responsible for the affairs of the country not answer to our concerns?

    • Just My Thought
      January 25, 2017

      I am thinking the same as you. Come clean and open and let us know how many persons have the diplomatic passports, who are they and why they were given them. Be open and transparent with the people, All this just causing more speculation.

  54. truththe
    January 25, 2017

    Thank God we are going to Colledge and University so we are not so stupid as you think Tony.
    Why you all refused to tell the opposition who is holding our diplomatic passports ? The cancelled passport was it Gazetted ? If not why now you are coming out after you opened your big mouth. Man you are not talking the truth and do not have Dominica at heart. You help pur Dominica in this mess and you must stop it in Jesus Name.

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

      Good that you are going to “College.” They should teach you to spell at the college and university. Too many attend college and university and cannot spell and write properly. They also lack communication skills even when they comment. These are skills which should also be taught at those places of especially higher learning.

      • indira Ghandi
        January 25, 2017

        The college is a big mess,that is why he cannot learn that there.

      • Not a herd follower
        January 25, 2017

        So-called The Truth Be Told (Original), will you stop making an ass of yourself? Far from dealing with the matter at hand and unable to effectively rebut the statements you don’t like, you are appearing as an idiot with your aspersions

      • Real Deal
        January 26, 2017

        I do believe you’re an idiot because in the midst of all thats going on you can’t seem to stay focus on the real issue. In fact u r so ignorant of the problem you choose to zoom in on what may just have been a typo….

      • viewsexpressed
        January 26, 2017

        That Truth guy really making a fool of himself. If you have nothing of substance to write it is best you shut up , because the hhigher you climb the tree is the more you expose your Assets.
        Think about it.

      • Push ON
        January 26, 2017

        you on a mission man ….. aren’t your fingers tired smh

      • The Truth Be Told (Original)
        January 27, 2017

        Not a herd follower: You stop making an ass of yourself. Do not make yourself more intelligent than I.
        I am free to comment as I feel like. I will not work myself up and go crazy and mental as you people.
        What has happened already happened. Have respect. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  55. Doc. Love
    January 25, 2017

    Usually, I criticize Skeritt, but this time, I have an advise for him. Let sleeping dogs lie. You were caught with your pants down, don’t go giving any excuses that the man diplomatic status was cancelled when he was arrested. Remember what happened to Mr. Trump. During his campaign he did not molest any woman, however, the pass almost brought him down. If you go giving excuses for the mistake you made by allowing this man to have a diplomatic passport, more pressure you will be brought to bear. The more talking you do the more the situation will linger. Accept your failure with this regard, maybe you should even apologize to Dominicans, move on and most of all pray.

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

      “advice”
      It may be necessary for the PM to respond so as to clear the air. It is not that his opponents will agree, as always with what he will say. They never give anyone the benefit of the doubt.
      You should know they are awaiting his clarification of this matter. He should know how to respond.
      He personally did not give the passport to this Iranian. There are times a thorough investigation was conducted. When they performed it on him, those who knew this man may have withheld vital information about his character. However, they have to bear the consequences.
      D/cans should be pleased that this came to light and soon enough and the passport is revoked.
      During the previous Canadian PM’s tenure, he withdrew some Canadian passports from some people because they deceived the system and some others committed atrocious crimes and were imprisoned and later deported. The latter, some West Indians..
      Therefore, it is not unusual about this man.

      • Cover your tracks
        January 26, 2017

        You are to god damn inocent. Go to school and learn. look at the picture of the cancelled photo and look at this photo in this website http://thedominican.net/2017/01/monfared-arrested-for-embezzlement.html .Look under country of birth you will see on dno IRN and on dominica.net you see IRN with a dot under the R. Tony is such an no brainer

      • Cover your tracks
        January 26, 2017

        Tell me i need to spell innocent too you people are so pathetic in your thinking

      • The Truth Be Told (Original)
        January 27, 2017

        Cover your tracks, I have no interest in all your negativity. Keep on criticizing. One day you will wake up and find out your error. I am not on the side of Satan and will not follow those who are on his side. People as you are doing nothing good for Dominica. You are the evil ones. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  56. Shameless
    January 25, 2017

    The document “appears” with a cancelled stamp with no effective date. The signature also has no date next to or below which makes it legally binding. This is a hoax and I firmly believe that that was done in a haste by an electronic savvy person to cover the behind of those in power. Tony, Tony, Tony please STOP playing with the ignorance of the masses. This is NOT a legal document and no court will accept it since there is NO date of cancellation on there. :twisted: :twisted:

    Always Assertive! :twisted:

    • Magic Fingers
      January 25, 2017

      Same thing I was there wondering. Where is the date of cancellation?

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

      Did you not read what Tony stated? Consider, the passport was probably not yet signed, stamped and issued personally to him.

    • Ebong
      January 27, 2017

      If you have never seen a passport you are not qualified to comment on the topic. Clearly……

  57. January 25, 2017

    You all still searching for the millions of dollars You all claim Skeritt stole from the treasury but nothing can yet be produced, this is getting boring . I thought this latest revelation was a smoking gun but it is just much ado about nothing, no money found no money trail. Going to sleep when Skeritt phantom million $$$$$ is found wake me. :lol: :lol:

    • %
      January 25, 2017

      Best you go and sleep because you get your buffoonery doctorate from Punjab…Where is the date of cancellation???Haste caused it to be forgotten!!WE WENT TO SCHOOL TOO!!

  58. PERFECT IDIOT
    January 25, 2017

    DNO you and your readers will have to forgive me for being such an idiot and ass…, so much so that I need help understanding this simple article. DNO, TONY said the passport was REVOKED ON JANUARY 20, 2016. But I looked at passport and saw it was indeed cancelled but cancellation date could not be seen. Shouldn’t the date cancelled be also stamp, even if we all know a stamp is not strong evidence? I mean now a days people are able to manufacture a stamp to show property was given to them and later sell that property with that same fake stamp. So I don’t believe the story and I sure would like to see the date it was cancelled stamp on the passport

  59. ye yep
    January 25, 2017

    Tony has NO AUTHORITY to speak on behalf of the ministry of foreign affairs. Tony your words do not mean anything.
    We want PROOF from the ministry of foreign affairs.

  60. January 25, 2017

    passport cancelled to say what ? after the fact that there was an internatioal manhunt ? before that it was party nice, boy look fiasco, look stench.

  61. One plus one = 2
    January 25, 2017

    I am now looking at my US passport that was issued in 1990, with a cancelation stamp of 2000. because that’s when it expired. However the cancelled passport was replaced by another US passport. So to show a passport with a cancelation stamp is nothing, as it could be replaced especially when we know the players involved, or those guys that are responsible for fake and corruption could simply stamp cancelled on the passport today and back date the passport after the arrest, since immigration department has a copy of every passport. So NO Tony, I DON’T BUY YOUR STORY!

  62. Karl Lee
    January 25, 2017

    How embarrassed can one be in the face of the world and still tell lies
    I can see a number that start with 6 and end with 6 on Tony and the PM
    Head they really going to distroy ### Dominica .

  63. I'm Dominican!! Are you???
    January 25, 2017

    So he says that it was revoked and gives a date when this happened but the revocation stamp shows no date on it!!! How do we know that you are telling the truth sir when yourself and your govt have been lying to the people for so long??? If you all really had the interest of the people and country at heart, you all would have swallowed your pride back then and admitted that this guy was a crook, publicly revoked his passport and handed him over to the Iraninan authorities yourselves!!!! All of this comes after the man already has been granted citizenship!!!! So if he were to serve a short period in jail, which is unlikely I must admit, he would then have every right to return to Dominica to live, despite being a person of such poor character, because your govt has made him a CITIZEN FOR LIFE!!! Now Me. Astaphan, you must tell us publicly, did your people
    Know of this man’s record and if so, why did you not hand him over??? If you were NOT aware of his crimes, why then revoke his…

  64. FBI Agent
    January 25, 2017

    A cancellation is nothing more than a stamp and any damn person can place a cancelation stamp at any time, Also, anyone can back date a stamp to put a date and time that suits them. We are dealing with a c team with a bunch of corrupt officers in strategic locations to get the job done. Furthermore Tony Astaphan that told u DNO? I sure would not quote Tony on my news! Are we referring to the same attorney that got the Police to go search Linton’s house for Skerrit’s confidential information that was put out and when information revealed who put out the information, PM said he fogot he authorized the attorney to put it out. And case died?

  65. me
    January 25, 2017

    i smell a rat…………is it normal not to have a cancellation date? hmmmmmmmmm interesting

  66. Dr Clayton Shillingford
    January 25, 2017

    Why is Tony Astaphan talking for the Dominican Government?? Besides I would not believe a word coming out if his mouth

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

      When people make up their mind about something, they will never believe what the other person stated. They will be skeptical to the point of calling them liars. This is the problem with you UWP supporters. It is known.

  67. YESAH
    January 25, 2017

    Really Now Tony? If it is truly cancelled, then why was it even mentioned when he was arrested?

    Please show us all the pages with the cancelled stamped on it. You must be thinking that all Dominicans are fools.
    Man I think you should just shut up and stop putting your dirty feet and that of the one man government in your mouth. Chupes

  68. papa
    January 25, 2017

    It was revoke when they arrested him show me the date stop take us da people as fools

  69. Vaffanculo_PM
    January 25, 2017

    Thank you Tony i emailing this to @60Minutes CBS. :mrgreen:

  70. Marcus Hill
    January 25, 2017

    O.K. Tony, since you know so much,tell us to whom were these diplomatic passports issued and whether or not they were revoked. Don’t wait until they arrest the next Ambassador for you to say “passport revoked”.

    Diplomatic passports are issued in sequential order.

    From what is in the public domain we know that :

    Diplomatic passport # DP0000426 belongs to Ambassador Monfared (Arrested)

    Diplomatic passport # DP0000445 belongs to Ambassador Diezani Alison Madueke

    Diplomatic passport # DP0000450 belongs to Ambassador Jonathan Brown.

    So we are missing DP0000427 to DP0000444 (That’s 18 diplomatic passports.)

    DP0000446 to DP0000449. That’s another 4 Diplomatic passports.

    So, yes Tony tell us to whom were these other 22 diplomatic passports issued; and I am sure DP0000450 was not the last one issued, nor was DP0000426 the first. But at least we can make a start with these 22.

  71. Smh
    January 25, 2017

    Lord hear our prayer and deliver us from all evil. WOW! Are my people that blind, asleep, or just plain Stupid? When will all this come to an end? Dominicans it is time to wake up and smell the coffee. Pretty soon rather than later, the only value our passport will have is to travel from Capuchin to Scottshead.

  72. %
    January 25, 2017

    Remember Angelo was the one who first told Dominicans about My Dominica Trade House.We would be in darkness!What was Mr.doing with our diplomatic passport?Has Skerrit ever told us about the existence of My Dominica Trade House??? I think we Concerned Dominicans should demand a cessation of passport sales of all types,pending a thorough COMMISSION of ENQUIRY into this mess!!!

  73. DOMINICAN
    January 25, 2017

    there is this bad flu n the air tony before you get it here is some medication FOR COUGH

  74. CIA Agent
    January 25, 2017

    Reports confirm that Alireza Zibahalat Monfared is accused of involvement 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.

    Iranian authorities have so far only been able to recover about $600 million of the embezzled money from the seizure of Zanjani’s assets in Iran.

    Zanjani during his questioning stated that he had paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to presidential candidates in 2013, although he did not give any names.

    Alternaive Fact: A Dominican Diplomatic Passport was never sold to Monfared but he was in possession of one when the crimes were committed and while he was being hunted by InterPol even if it was later revoked.

    As SC, you should contemplate the consequences of violating international laws against harboring a fugitive.

  75. January 25, 2017

    Skerrit and them are cut with their pants down, so they must say something :) :-D :-D :-D

  76. %
    January 25, 2017

    Thats why I support the call by Dr Gabriel Christian for a thorough COMMISSION of ENQUIRY into that passport selling business..As it is now I describe it as a fetid mess..I don’t want to listen to Tony.Nobody voted for this man!!

  77. zandoli
    January 25, 2017

    Where do we find these characters? I am decent law abiding citizen who cherishes my Dominican identity and have my country’s best interest at heart. I am certain I would not be granted a diplomatic passport if I requested one.

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

      As a D/can with a passport, you do not need one unless you are a diplomat. Try becoming one.

  78. Unknown-Ish
    January 25, 2017

    The fact remains that both the Nigerian minister and the Iranian had “active” ongoing investigations at the time they were issued passports. The Iranian has been “wanted” since 2013!!!

    What kind of Due diligence does the PM/Citizenship by Investment unit conduct that eliminates the “pending” and “ongoing investigations” of those so called diplomats.

    Tony must get tired of lieing one day by then i just hope his tongue hasn’t exploded in his mouth. One man cannot continually tell lies like that without it being detrimental to his mouth!!

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

      This news may have come out at the time of their arrest. Were they aware that the Iranian man was wanted? Careful what you assume and condemn yourself.

  79. Jon Jones
    January 25, 2017

    This can only be seen in the light of ‘thank God it wasnt worse’. At least Alireza is Alireza and just big a ole thief not a faked identity terrorist hell bent on committing some atrocity. That is when Dominicans become the pariahs of the world, our reputation sullied forever.

    The list of disreputable diplomats is growing with probably more yet to come. The DLP must have captured people of a certain mindset if they can continue to blindly praise and follow this bunch of incompetent ………
    Doesnt anyone stop to ask, if returns of $50 million a month are collected from the CBI – how and where is it being spent? Does it relate to the Panama Papers?

  80. steups
    January 25, 2017

    And he was stripped of the passport before or after we found out he is a crook?

  81. Tjebe fort
    January 25, 2017

    Pull the other one Anthony Waddy. I not listening to anything you say again. You remind me of that little dog in that famous record brand His Masters Voice. Well I want to hear the Master speak and not his puppy that barks a lot but has no bite. You have lost it my friend.

  82. Fedup #1
    January 25, 2017

    Tony, please let Dominicans know if it was revoked a few days before he landed in Dominica in January 2016 and opened up office here or was it a few days after?. Was it really done as part of the review process or for other reasons? Are you saying he was here living almost a year as royalty in the constant company of well known individuals and his shady dealings were fully known all that time? God help this country.

    • Fedup #1
      January 25, 2017

      Tony, please also be reminded that his diplomatic passport was issued in 2015. Are you saying that after this lengthy due diligence which this gov’t claims to perform,a few months later it was revoked as part of a review. What a sick joke! This thing stinks even more than that of the Nigerian minister. Let me see if Dominicans will continue to allow their country to be destroyed .
      Dominicans need to demand the release of the names of all persons currently holding or who ever held Diplomatic passports for the past 15 years. We should also demand that all diplomatic passports be recalled temporarily.

  83. Lang Mama
    January 25, 2017

    When the MDTH scandal came out Tony and all his evil followers said that it was all lies and that the opposition were putting Dominica in bad light even when it was MDTH lying about hospitals, limousine company, aqua farming etc. Instead of condemning MDTH for the lies Tony and Skerrit defended MDTH instead of condemning and biblically revoking both passports on the spot. A few months after the story broke Monfared was welcomed into Dominica and treated with red carpet. So when did Tony and Skerrit decide to revoke his diplomatic pasdport only and not the standard passport.
    DNO you do what you must do but we must consider not giving g Tony a platform to further pollute and degrade our society with lies and deceit. Certainly we do not want our children to be exposed to this moral decadence. It is already though setting the right path for our children we must stop any semblance of role model appearance from Roosevelt Skerrit and Tony Astaphan

  84. AllforDominica
    January 25, 2017

    now we getting passport news lol yes ii

  85. Me
    January 25, 2017

    So S.C. why was it revoked? Or is that a state secret? I don’t believe anything you say anymore,

  86. CIA Agent
    January 25, 2017

    Mr. Astaphan, please do the right thing before Hon. Skerrit throws you under the bus. The clock is ticking and the truth shall set you free.

  87. Shaka Zulu
    January 25, 2017

    So the fact remains he had a diplomatic passport. And the review was done after he was already given a passport. Tony Astaphans tired take you guys for fools. One appearance of corruption is enough to loose your position. Lap Seng, Italian, Chinese company, silvestri children hospital, Nigerian, garbage bin, land transfer… The list goes on. Still yet Dominicans choose to remain fools.

  88. stupes !
    January 25, 2017

    TONY I AGREE WITH U… if u tell a LABORITE anything… the fool will believe u :mrgreen: :!:
    it is call FALLACY of AUTHORITY
    shame on you :!:
    especially those that believe in u :mrgreen: :!:

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

      It is not that they believe in him for, he is not God. It is that they are not quick to judge and condemn as you UWP supporters. Anything he says you would not believe him anyway.

  89. Judgement Day is Here
    January 25, 2017

    Another thing Mr. Astaphans, please do not lie on the PM. He clearly stated at a press conference earlier this year that our diplomatic passports are not for sale, so how Monfared happened to be a holder of one. L****M*****A******O

  90. Doc. Love
    January 25, 2017

    I hope when the Minister of Foreign responds to the arrest of Monfared, she will tell Dominicans what happened to the US $10,000 she allegedly received from the wife of Monfared on behalf a charitable organization in Dominica. If this guy could pass the due diligence test that is boasted by the Prime Minister, it would be interesting to know what it would take to fail such a test.

  91. Dante Jones
    January 25, 2017

    What role did he serve to receive a diplomatic passport in the first place?

  92. Eyes wide Shut
    January 25, 2017

    So Tony! If his passport was revoked, tell us why he had it on him when he was arrested and why is it showing as still valid ? You think is you alone that is lawyer! I don\’t think you got good grades in law school.
    To the ministry of foreign Affairs (which is Skeritt). As of today I want you to publish the names all the people who bought passports under the CBI program that have had their passports revoked by the Da Govt.
    Should I guess the number?

    • I Know!
      January 25, 2017

      Funny, it was revoked only five (5) days ago…. does Monfared even know that his high and almighty, amnesty-granting diplomatic passport was not valid….? Its weird that every business man out there with two coins to rub together seem to be holding a diplomatic passport from Dominica…..and whenever their asses land in hot water…..for some reason Dominica always seem to have “just revoked their passport…” or some kind of crap like that…. You boys must be psychic.

    • January 25, 2017

      Did he have it on him when he was arrested, or are you just speculating?

    • LifeandDeath
      January 25, 2017

      For all we know, they may have a placebo “cancelled” passport for everyone they issue..who can trust this government now??…

  93. FBI Agent
    January 25, 2017

    Here we go again with Dominica’s best leg break/ off break bowler, Tony Astaphan. Tony, when Skerrit wrote St. Lucia to have his French passport cancelled, we all saw it online. So Tony can you please put the confirmation letter out as proof that his passport was indeed revoked?

  94. Curious me
    January 25, 2017

    The spin doctor is at it again.

    Why is it that we get to know about the revocation of those ‘diplomatic’ passports only after the individual is arrested?

    • Me
      January 25, 2017

      Cut & paste Tony?

  95. Judgement Day is Here
    January 25, 2017

    Well well well Tony. Interesting update related to Madweke case. Date set on this one as Feb 16th 2017 for judgement! http://www.premiumtimesng.com/…/221437-ony…

  96. uhuru
    January 25, 2017

    TIME TO GO “DLP”= Dominica Lying Party!!!
    …………………………………..

    DNO then contacted Astaphan, who said the diplomatic passport was revoked on January 20, 2016. He said this was done as part of a review process of existing appointments.
    ……………………………….
    You all have lost & abuse the trust of the people!!

    • Patience
      January 25, 2017

      How much more are we going to endure, how longer are we going to accept these scammers scams. Just a little too much patience

  97. Da
    January 25, 2017

    I always know that the fisher-man style of sharing money on the streets that Skerro has been exhibiting is gang-star-like and lacks and sense of decency for a P.M . Where is your pride Skerro?
    The P.M has millions in his hands giving out and some Dominicans see nothing wrong with that! Only a few of us condemn that unethical behavior . Others are scared to talk because of retribution , But the fight to enlighten Dominicans will continue .
    These guys remind me of Jean Bertrand Aristede who left Haiti with Millions of cash U.S dollars in his suitcases.
    No other leader from any country where there is respect for the constitution does the sort of thing I see Skerro doing. Dominicans it is time to put a stop to this madness.

    • January 25, 2017

      Did he have it on him when he was arrested, or are you just speculating?

  98. To my dear illustrious friend SC Astaphan; there is no way you can defend against this latest saga! You know why? Because you have already defended the fact that Dominica diplomatic passports are not sold!

    Whether his passport was revoked ten years ago, or yesterday, or in 2016, the selling agents, Skerrit or whoever, should not have sold that man a Dominica diplomatic passport: anyone with a Dominica diplomatic passport should be in governmental service, which involves traveling.

    The reason for a diplomatic passport is to all the diplomat to travel through customs without being scrutinized like an ordinary passenger, having their luggage open, nor ask to declare what they are bringing into the country where they had just arrived.

    This man is a foreigner living in Dominica, not in Government service, so what’s the purpose, except to evade prosecution from criminal activities! There is no way you can defend against this!

  99. Lang Mama
    January 25, 2017

    DNO didn’t ask him why it is that Roosevelt Skerrit is scoring more 3 pointers on Diplomatic passport scandal than Steffi curry can shoot the threes.
    Isn’t that the same Tony that said that there was never a problem with the issuance of diplomatic passports?
    DNO next time you talk to Tony please tell him go fool that one person that keep fooling him

  100. Massacre
    January 25, 2017

    All this passport selling to criminals business which benefit a few politicians and some Dominicans who transport the passports in their suitcases will stop when a minister is detained overseas.
    The FBI is taking note of all these transactions and will move in place in due time.
    If us Dominicans heads are too hard and do not want to do anything from within to stop that madness , then some external forces will have to do it for us.

  101. Tick Tock Tick Tock Liberation Bells are ringing
    January 25, 2017

    Woyyy what happen they went to do damage control or they went to answer their names. Who give you the money Fran Fran and for what and what you did with it :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Boss if I pee peeing or poo pooing and I see Tony I sitting down on it or I running cause Mr cannot hold a secret boy. Or so all u really giving diplomatic passports then. Well Mr Tone Tone I know a well known couple living in the vicinity of Fort Young with Diplomatic passport tell me what they doing with it. The man on one of the cabal committees that is all that is all that is all for now stay tuned.

  102. Lang Mama
    January 25, 2017

    Here he is. Tony you want to stick with that statement you liar.

  103. Canawie
    January 25, 2017

    Tony I can confidently say today to shut up because you are fabricating dates and stories. It’s not every one that’s gullible Tony. You utter dates bring out the evidence of the revocation you keep talking about and allow hand writing experts to scrutinise them to verify the dates and times are correct. Stop fooling the poor people of Dominica who genuinely supports the government and your bread and your family bread well butter in the same America, our Dominicans may be facing sanctions.
    FED UP WITH YOU AND YOUR B.S. NOW!!!!!YOU WOULD SWEAR DOMINICANS VOTED FOR YOU. SHUT UP FOR ONCE!!!!!!

  104. Rocky Hills
    January 25, 2017

    haha, anyone who believes Skerritt will leave office is in Planet Mercury….

    Them guys have too much to loose to move off..they will defend till their last breath..

    Plus they know Dominicans will forget this by weekend as they are so easily comforted by deceptions……nothing will happen, dominicans are not known to be smart people…

    that’s why they are known to be the foolish paradise, zero growth in their economy, Public Servants are praising and wage freeze in Glory……bunch of fools they are!!

  105. January 25, 2017

    And we suppose to believe that, :-D :-D :-D :-D

  106. Free Thinker
    January 25, 2017

    God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform.
    Tony should not be trying to bend the minds of Dominicans now at all. The facts are the facts! Due diligence was poorly done or not done at all.
    My question is: Why was the ambassador’s passport revoked?

  107. derp
    January 25, 2017
  108. Roseau
    January 25, 2017

    Tony, is this the best you can come up with??

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