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OPINION: Questions for Rijock and Gabriel

by: - January 30, 2017
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By: Anthony W Astaphan,S.C

Dear Rijock and Gabriel,

Please help us,

Isn’t Kenneth Rijock not convicted criminal? Why is his English so childish?

And, can you answer the questions below?

Reliable sources (???? who are these reliable sources?) have confirmed that the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth, Roosevelt Skerrit, is currently under investigation, being conducted by an agency of the United States, (which one??) for his role in the sale of a Dominican diplomatic passport to (when did this sale take place??) Alireza Zabahalat Monfared, an Iranian national who was recently returned to Iran (Iran?? Really) where he faces criminal prosecution for the embezzlement of billions of dollars in state funds (note: embezzlement of State funds).

The investigation is said to be into Skerrit’s actions, (what actions? The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has disclosed all the facts surrounding the issuance of the diplomatic passport and its cancellation) in facilitating the delivery of a diplomatic passport to a known international sanctions violator (known to whom?), Monfared, who was a part of a massive $400m Iran oil-for-gold sanctions evasion operation (False. Read the Indictment) , involving his alleged partners, Babak Zanjani, and Reza Zarrab; Zarrab is awaiting trial in US District Court in New York, (What does the alleged stealing of State funds from the sale of oil in Iran have to do with the evasion of gold sanctions case in the US, and why is Monfared not mentioned in the Indictment or a defendant in the US case, and was not wanted by the USA Government??)?

Whether Skerrit will be later be named as a co-conspirator in the Iran sanctions case cannot be determined at this time, (does this make any sense to you?? The Justice Department’s press release and Indictment makes no mention of Monfared or any other co-conspirators other than bank employees) but considering the zeal with which the United States Department of Justice (Oh? Then why can’t Rijock disclose his sources or details as requested by Tammy Tutelini?)) is conducting that case, and given the amount of money the Zarrab organization earned, for selling Iranian oil, in violation of international, and American, sanctions, he could face a very, very long prison sentence. Obviously, Skerrit failed to conduct his own due diligence, (there was a due diligence report dated July 2014 by Bishops Services Inc)or he would have learned that Monfared was operating in very dangerous waters, against the world’s most powerful adversary. (How was Monfared acting against the US? There was no US warrant for his arrest or mention of him in the Indictment!) zarab_et_al_indictment

Two of Skerrit’s attorneys were reportedly deeply involved in the widespread sale of diplomatic passports, (which two?) but no information is available, at this time, on whether they are a part of this investigation, but due to the fact that they are either going to be co-defendants, or witnesses, they can no longer represent their client, due to a conflict of interest. (Rubbish) They may also want to research US law on the Crime or Fraud Exception to the attorney-client privilege.

Monfared’s illegal activities were common knowledge (Really?? Since when?), in the compliance industry, long before he applied for, and received, a diplomatic Dominican passport, and whether Skerrit exercised undue influence, in the approval and issuance of the passport to Monfared, will most likely be a part of the investigation he and Skerrit reportedly had a close personal relationship, as evidenced by Skerrit’s visit to Monfared in Malaysia, where the Iranian national operated what is alleged to be a front company, used to conceal his criminal conduct. (This is so stupid and poorly written. Due diligence was done, AND Mnnfared was never wanted by the Americans..)

Additionally, the award of a diplomatic passport to Monfared violated several provisions of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, (which provisions??) and Skerrit’s act of issuing the passport, when he knew, or should have known, that it violated an international agreement which Dominica is bound by, increases his culpability. If he is indicted, he will be forced to resign as Prime Minister of Dominica. (This is BS! Cut to fit the UWP)!)