Henley & Partners, Christopher Willis, and the Government of Grenada, as well as the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, have each confirmed in separate statements that the allegations concerning the “sale” of diplomatic passports made by the convicted money launderer and now self-proclaimed “financial crime expert” and blogger Kenneth Rijock are completely false.
This fake news matter has now been referred to major law firms in the United States, Canada, and England, and to forensic intelligence specialists who are investigating the case.
There are strong indications already as to the originator of this malicious and bogus story, who together with any news services that continue to disseminate this fake news will be prosecuted with the full force of law, as this may be actionable in several jurisdictions. Even though focused in this instance against Grenada, fabricated and defamatory news stories such as this, based on blatantly forged documents, do a great deal of harm to all Caribbean citizenship by-investment programs.
Besides the significant funds such programs raise for a country, they also assist in improving the visibility and relevance of smaller nations, by attracting important international investment and creating other global opportunities.
Henley & Partners has distinguished itself as the global leader in residence and citizenship planning, and has been a trusted advisor to both private clients and governments across the world for more than 20 years. To date, we have helped raise more than USD 6 billion in foreign direct investment, and to a significant degree in the Eastern Caribbean region.
We remain at the forefront of promoting best practices and the professionalization of the Citizenship-by-Investment industry, and will continue to do so together with other leading firms as well as governments.