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Economic Envoy will be Stripped if Accusations Prove True

Tuesday 16th October, 2018-Prime Minister Gaston Browne says he has no problem stripping one of his economic envoys of his title if accusations made against him prove to be true.

Last week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade said it had been drawn to an internet website, maintained by former convicted money launderer, Kenneth Rijock, which claims that two associates of an Antigua and Barbuda diplomatic passport holder have been arrested by Colombia authorities for money laundering and fraud.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs contacted Mr. Alex Nain Saab Moran, an Economic Envoy, whose name is among those diplomatic passport holders that were disclosed and published last year by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda in keeping with its policy of transparency.

Mr. Moran confirmed that two employees of his firm have been arrested, stating that he expects them to be released shortly since the charges are not sustainable.

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Moran, who was appointed as an Economic Envoy, four years ago, denies any wrong doing by himself or his firm.

Speaking on the Browne and Browne show at the weekend, Prime Minister Browne says his government is monitoring the issue closely and is ready to act if Mr. Moran is involved in any wrongdoing.

Moran was appointed an economic envoy on the grounds of a business deal that would have included Antigua and Barbuda and Venezuela.

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