CORRECTION: WIC News story, 8/28/2018

WIC News would like to apologise to the Citizenship by Investment Unit in Antigua and Barbuda for using erroneous information provided by a source in an article entitled ‘Aide to ‘world’s most wanted man’ arrested in London’. Following publication, officials in Antigua and Barbuda announced that the suspect in the story had never been granted citizenship through the citizenship by investment programme. The story has been updated to reflect.

Below is the full press release from the Citizenship by Investment Unit. WIC News apologises for any inconvenience.

The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) rejects the claim made in wicnews.com, an on-line publication, that a person, named Jabir Motiwala Motiwala also known as Moti and Jabir Siddiq, was given Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship “as part of the country’s citizenship by investment programme”. 

The claim is utterly false. 

The CIU advises that it has thoroughly reviewed its files and confirms that it has not granted citizenship to anyone by the name of Jabir Motiwala or Jabir Siddiq. 

The CIU further advises that it has no knowledge of any person called Kaskar Dawood Ibrahim, or any of his aliases, who is said to be associated with Motiwala. 

The wicnews.com story attributes the claim that Motiwala was given citizenship to a source which it has not identified.  

The CIU strongly condemns the publication of such a damaging claim by wicnews.com which did not seek verification before publishing it.   We are left to assume that the ‘source’ of the claim benefits in some way from smearing Antigua and Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment Programme. 

The CIU will not allow the name of Antigua and Barbuda to be tarnished by opportunists and will continue its strong collaboration with all international partners to preserve the reputation of our jurisdiction.

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