Antigua PM Says Mischief Involved In Passport Matter

Antigua and Barbuda prime minister Gaston Browne is convinced that mischief could be involved in the latest probe underway in St. Vincent and the Grenadines involving the Antigua and Barbuda passport.

Speaking with OBSERVER media on Sunday, Browne said he was very concerned and baffled because it seems like mischief on the part of several people.

Browne stated that no stone would be left unturned as the probe goes on, he said there is something fishy about the discovery of questionable Antigua and Barbuda passport documents in St. Vincent.

“We are still unable to determine the mischief that they are seeking to commit because at the end of the day, the bio-pages do not bear any relation to the passports that are issued by our government and all our passports are accounted for,” Browne said.

Browne said that the probe will determine if the assistant superintendent committed any infraction of the law.

Just over a week ago, police in St. Vincent and the Grenadines nabbed a senior police officer in connection with bio pages of the Antigua and Barbuda passport. An investigation was launched here, based on suspicion of Assistant Superintendent Ray John’s involvement.

Browne noted that all the country’s passports have been accounted for, and that fact, according to the PM, makes the entire matter more confusing.

He added, “If you were to slip them [bogus bio pages] into a legitimate passport, they are bounded in such a way that the entire passport would disintegrate, and if the numbers do not match the sequence that we have here, then it would be reflected in the system.”

The Prime Minister added that there are other protective mechanisms that make it difficult to forge the Antigua and Barbuda passport.

The Vincentian implicated in the scandal is Assistant Superintendent of Police Ray John, he joined the force 29 years ago.

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