Author: Marie Cutajar

Worldwide: Citizenship for Sale

Authors: FRANCISCA FERNANDO and JONATHAN PAMPOLINA are counsels and ROBIN SYKES is a senior counsel in the IMF’s Legal Department Source: imf.org Programs that offer passports in return for investment have financial integrity risks that must be managed As countries closed their borders to slow the spread of COVID-19, a second passport became an ever-more-desirable […]

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Malta: No reply by European Commission on new citizenship by investment scheme – Alex Muscat

The European Commission has not yet communicated its position on the new citizenship by investment programme, Malta’s Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship Alex Muscat said. Insisting that the new scheme does not need the commission’s approval, Muscat said “the European Commission has not come back with a reply or communicated what it intends to do.”  The […]

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Citizenship for sale

Programs that offer passports in return for investment have financial integrity risks that must be managed As countries closed their borders to slow the spread of COVID-19, a second passport became an ever-more-desirable commodity, for those who could afford it. While not a new phenomenon—several countries have adopted “golden passport” programs over the years—the onset […]

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June trial for defendants in passport probe

Nine defendants have been referred to stand trial before the Larnaca-Famagusta criminal court on June 24 in the first case relating to Cyprus’ controversial citizenship by investment programme, the Cyprus News Agency reported on Wednesday. The nine defendants are the law firm Harris Kyriakides LLC Lawyers, lawyer Michalis Kyriakides and seven other physical and legal […]

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Mehul Choksi to be handed over to India, says Antiguan PM Gaston Browne

Choksi was apprehended in Dominica where he might have entered illegally by boats. Initially, arrangements were being made to hand Choksi over to Antigua, but Prime Minister Gaston Browne said he should be handed over to the Indian government. Financial scam-accused Mehul Choksi, apprehended in Dominica is likely to be repatriated straight to India as Antigua and […]

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Australia’s ban on travellers returning from India due to Covid crisis may be unlawful

The travel ban preventing Australians in India from returning home could be subject to legal challenges, with lawyers and academics believing the extraordinary measure may breach the law. Scott Morrison’s government has been condemned for its “outrageous” decision to introduce fines of up to $66,600 or five years in prison, or both, for anyone defying […]

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Government launches anti-corruption drive

The government has launched a campaign to eradicate corruption in public office, with Justice Minister Emily Yiolitis pledging to carry out the action plan demanded by President Nicos Anastasiades earlier this year. The campaign includes a series of measures designed to fight corruption based on transparency and accountability to win back the public’s trust. Yiolitis […]

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