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Who is Hossein Zeidi? Why does this Iranian have Vincentian citizenship? Does he have a Vincentian passport? Who approved and who issued the same?
Was the SVG passport an economic citizenship/passport issued by the ULP government? or one of four passports issued to Iranians during the NDP days? — one in 1997 and three in 1998. Just a personal thought, I just hope and pray it isn’t somehow linked to our state –to-state friendship with the past president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
October 11, 2012, Senator Julian Francis said on Star FM that four Iranians were granted citizenship under the NDP while none was granted under the ULP.
My problem with that is even if the NDP issued passports in 1997-1998, they would have been long out of date at the latest by 2008. Unless the ULP issued new passports, only they will know that.
Remember we have had a lot of debate over passports issued in the ULP time, whereby no provision was made in the passport to show previous name(s) of a holder. I am not sure what else was missing, if it was place of birth or previous citizenship/s. But it all brings thoughts to the minds of intelligent people of WHAT! WHY! WHEN! Thousands of passports were burnt at Camden Park, so I wonder if we have a record of exactly how many, all the details of those passports and the location of every one of them. I wrote at the time they should have been mutilated and kept so as we can audit the full detail of what happened at some time in the future. The whole matter returns to what we have all been calling for, transparency and fast and accurate information when the public asks for it. Going off and burning a pile of passports does very little to help that even if there was no wrongdoing, as I suppose there was not.
Here is an extract of a communiqué from the US Treasure Press Centre. Purchase or Acquisition of U.S. Bank Notes by the Government of Iran/Material Support to the Central Bank of Iran under Executive Order (E.O.) 13622
Treasury designated the following five individuals and one entity under E.O. 13622 for materially assisting, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for the purchase or acquisition of U.S. bank notes by the Government of Iran: Hossein Zeidi, Seyed Kamal Yasini, Azizullah Asadullah Qulandary, Asadollah Seifi, Teymour Ameri, and Belfast General Trading.
The Iranian government contracted with Zeidi and Yasini to convert Iranian funds denominated in non-Iranian local currency into U.S. dollars. To date, these individuals and their network have effected the delivery of hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. dollar bank notes to the Iranian government in violation of E.O. 13622. UAE-based Zeidi was responsible for converting foreign currency into U.S. bank notes, and Yasini facilitated the delivery of U.S. bank notes to the Iranian government.
They have put on a list of a number of people who have been illegally helping the Iranian government. On that list Hossein Zeidi is a Vincentian citizen. We must find out how he became a citizen and when and by whose hand.
In 2014 alone, hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. bank notes have been delivered to the Iranian government in contravention of 13622.
Name: Hossein ZEIDI
AKA: Hosein ZEIDI
AKA: Hossein Mansour Zeidi
DOB 11 September 1965
Passport: RE0003553, St. Kitts and Nevis
Citizenship: St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Citizenship: St. Kitts and Nevis
Former Citizenship: Iranian
National ID number, 444169, United Arab Emirates
I have asked the relevant US agencies for further and better information regarding this person’s SVG citizenship and any SVG passport he may have.
US Embassy Barbados
US Treasury Department
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