BREAKING: Antiguan authorities search superyacht, prevents it from leaving Falmouth Harbour

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Antigua and Barbuda law enforcement operation on the ALFA NERO 

 

20th August 2022

The Minster of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable E.P. “Chet Greene” has issued the following statement.

An operation was conducted today at Falmouth Harbour led by officers of ONDCP and supported by a multi-agency task force comprising, the Police, the Defence Force and Customs.

The operation was to search the Super Yacht, Alfa Nero, which has been anchored in Falmouth Harbour since February this year.   The Yacht, and its Russian owner, ANDREY GURYEV, are on sanctions list issued by the US, the UK and the European Union.

In March of this year, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda advised all local companies not to transact any business with any persons, companies, or other entities, which appear on these sanctions’ lists.

Consequently, the Alfa Nero, was not provided with any fuel, except emergency supplies to keep it secure – both for the vessel’s sake, and for the safety of Falmouth Harbour as a whole.   Therefore, it could not leave Antigua and Barbuda.

On August 12, pursuant to a request under our Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), the Government of the United States sought the help of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, to conduct a search of the vessel and to interview its crew.

On 17th August, after the Attorney-General and the Director of Public Prosecution had completed reviews of the MLAT request, and after further consultations with the US authorities, the DPP, Mr. Anthony Armstrong, made an application to the High Court of Antigua and Barbuda, which, on 18th August, issued an Order to board the Alfa Nero and to search and seize relevant material, as well as to question the crew.

DPP Armstrong met all the heads of the law enforcement agencies, prior to this morning’s operation, emphasizing that it was entirely under local control, although a request from the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to observe the operations, had been granted.

At the outset of the sanctions issued against named Russian persons, companies and property, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda announced that it joins the international community in ensuring that sanctions are respected in our jurisdiction.

Additionally, responding to requests from countries, such as the US, with which we have binding Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties, is a legal obligation which must be upheld.

For the avoidance of any doubt, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda makes it clear that two other vessels, the Garcon and Halo, appeared on no sanctions list, and none of the US, European Union or the United Kingdom made any request under Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties, regarding these two vessels.

Therefore, those vessels departed Antigua and Barbuda on July 22nd.

Further information, regarding the operation connected to Alfa Nero, will be released, as appropriate, and consistent with maintaining the confidentiality of the investigation.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. The DPP is clearly knowledgeable about the government response to MLAT, and quietly made all agencies present and involved in the process. Let us give thanks for professionals in position when the US calls!

    • DO YOU REALLY BELIEVED ALL AGENCIES WERE INVOLVED? CUSTOMS DO NOT NEED A COURT ORDER TO BOARD AND SEARCH ANY VESSELS WITHIN THE WATERS OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA.

  2. So how come the DPP did not enforce the Nuremberg international treatý during the PLANDEMIC? Answer that

  3. It took some time but as you should all well know the alphabet boys operating under the US DOJ. Do not play.

    One wrong utterance or misstep can cost you. One wrong action that raise an eyebrow to whistle the word “conspiracy “. Is a trap that you will never escape from.

    They are exceptional when it comes to sniffing out “Deplorables “.

    • Either you live in this wretched so called country, the Demented States or you’re well versed in it’s deranged authoritarian “government”.
      Speaking out against the US “government” cadre can cost you your life.

  4. Why are we taking part in this proxy war, especially after what the usa has done to us. Why do we celebrate emanicipation day when we cannot make our own decisions.

  5. This bothers me. And I ask myself, what was the punishment for the people who sanctioned apartheid? What was confiscated from them? How were they made to pay for the atrocities inflicted on the black south Africans? Your enemies aren’t my enemies.

  6. Can somebody tell me what happened to the Libyan gold after the country was bombed and destroyed by NATO? What are they searching the yacht for? Gold or something precious? After we comply with the USA, will they pay us our money?

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