pupAnd sticking to the David Miguel Nanes Schnitzer issue, the People’s United Party is also concerned about the way the situation was handled and in a release today, recorded its deep dis-satisfaction with the handling of the case by the Ministries of National Security and Immigration.

According to the PUP, although it was clear, two weeks ago that Nanes Schnitzer has obtained permanent residence, citizenship and a passport in Belize, and his Belizean citizenship was reportedly revoked and passport cancelled based on fraud on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015, it is clear that no proper investigation on the matter was in fact done.

The PUP also notes that while the Minister of Immigration, Godwin Hulse, revoked David M. Banes citizenship since he registered by means of fraud, false representation and the concealment of material circumstance and by mistake back in November 2012, Nanes Schnitzer was never charged by any authority in Belize with obtaining nationality by “fraud, false representation and the concealment of material circumstance”.

As such, an immediate explanation from both the Ministry of Immigration and the Ministry of National Security, both of whom should have acted immediately to ensure that a criminal complaint was made on behalf of the state, should be questioned, says the PUP.

In the release issued today, the People’s United Party demands that the Prime Minister table with immediate effect, at the next sitting of the House of Representatives on December 4th 2015, the report of the Auditor General on the Immigration Scandal and the irregularities observed by her office in respect of the “Pennergate” investigation.

The Nanes Schnitzer case, says the PUP, proves once again that there is hidden rot in the Immigration Department and that such rot is institutionalized and will mar the reputation of our nation, making us seem to be condoning or complicit in corrupt practices, or grossly incompetent or both end of quote.

The PUP it seems, is willing to take the matter even further as they intend to undertake another motion in the Senate, for a full and impartial investigation of corruption in the Immigration Department, with the full co-operation of the Auditor-General and to call upon the CEOs of National Security and Immigration to answer to the Senate in this urgent and critical manner.

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