Antigua faces another Chinese CIP lawsuit

Antigua Observer:-The Government of Antigua & Barbuda is facing a second lawsuit in as many days from an applicant of the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP), who allegedly invested over US $500,000 to get the Antigua & Barbuda passport.

The claimant, Ai Yang, alleges that the government wrongfully attempted to revoke her citizenship and passport after she travelled to Canada and authorities there deemed her “inadmissible to Canada”.

As a result of the government actions, the woman, through her lawyer Lawrence Daniels, said she was unable to return to Antigua & Barbuda and was kept in custody in Canada where she has been since July.

According to a letter dated July 21, 2016, the Consul General of Antigua & Barbuda in Canada, Ann-Marie Layne, told the Canada Border Services Agency that in response to a query about the claimant, “the government of Antigua & Barbuda is in the process of revoking Ms Yang’s passport and citizenship”.

The letter continues: “The government of Antigua & Barbuda therefore cannot accept Ms Yang being removed to Antigua & Barbuda. Once the process of revoking the passport and citizenship is complete, the Consul-General will communicate same.”

The letter does not specify any reason for the investor’s removal.

Attorney Daniels, who filed a multiplicity of applications and claims in the High Court yesterday, told Justice Clare Henry he is seeking leave for judicial review of the government’s actions against his client.

The judge, however, noted that his applications were not filed in conformity with the rules and as such he had to restart the process and file within seven days. The government has to reply by October 17 and the parties are to return for a hearing for guidance on November 10.

She said if the parties settle the matter before then, Daniels would have to file a notice of discontinuance.

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