Former interior: no reason in 2016 to deny passport to Cambodian police chief’s wife

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The government saw no reason not to grant a Cypriot passport to the niece of Cambodia’s authoritarian leader and wife of the country’s deputy police chief back in 2016, former Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos has told the investigative committee probing the scrapped citizenship by investment programme.

Hasikos also said that it was the bank that gave the green light for the provenance of the alleged Malaysian fraudster Jho Taek Low’s money, leading the government to grant him a Cypriot passport in 2015.

The committee, tasked with investigating all citizenships given to foreign investors and businessmen and their relatives between 2007 and August 17, 2020, has now released the minutes of Hasikos’ testimony along with those of former Interior Minister Eleni Mavrou and present minister Nicos Nouris.

Though they had testified before the committee several weeks ago, the committee has only opened up the inquiry to public scrutiny this past week.

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