Auditor General report says ministers’ interference in visa application illegal

At Friday’s House Meeting, the Prime Minister is expected to table four special audit reports. Three of them are about the Immigration and Nationality Department. Our colleagues at KREM News report that they have obtained a copy of the audit for the period 2011 to 2013 of the Visa Section. Plusnews has also received portions of that report . While we cannot say for sure when the audit report was completed, viewers may recall that back in June of 2014, Citizens Organized for Liberty Through Action, COLA, had disclosed a leaked document believed to have been a draft of the special audit for the nationality or passports section of the Department. The indication was that the Prime Minister had the draft document in his possession around that time. While three years have elapsed since the document was completed, it substantiates some of the reports that the media could not officially report because we did not have evidence to substantiate the allegations. However, in her report, the Auditor General points out that Ministers, a CEO, constituency representatives or caretakers and a Mayor recommended and requested approval of visas. Of this practice she wrote quote “…since the law does not provide for ministers to intervene in the visa process, it was illegal for those ministers to have done so” end quote. The persons named include former cabinet Minister Elvin Penner who was fired from cabinet for his involvement in the illegal issuance of the Kim Won Hong passport.  Today, on the WUB Morning Vibes Show, there was a call from retired Assistant Superintendent of Police Julio Valdez. He was the lead investigator into the theft of 8 missing visas that ended up in the hands of attorney Arthur Saldivar. This morning, Valdez confirmed that during that investigation, they began to uncover many irregularities and when that happened, that line of investigation was shut down:

Reporter;
Looking at the document, the general view is that there is enough there to justify a complete criminal investigation?

Julio Valdez, Assistant Superintendent of Police (Retired);
Of course man, these people reach in the country by the 17th of April, by the 18th  of May or in less than a month they got their nationality. Looking into that matter there are several discrepancies of fatal issues when discovered that those people haven’t got in the country yet. The thing is that people not in the country yet or one month in the country and they done get Passport and Visas. Some big Ministers name and CEO’s came out, that was when the commissioner called me and said “Mr. Valdez no worry about that investigation, just worry about the missing documents”. What I wrote on the memo was that I have spoken to the Commissioner of Police in direct. He said that what he told me was not what he meant. When we went there and asked “We want to see certain documents?” They said that they are conducting their own audit and they are busy so until they were finished. We did not have access to any other document.

Reporter;
So you would say that they were less cooperative with the Auditor General’s Investigation?

Julio Valdez, Assistant Superintendent of Police (Retired);
Not less cooperative, Non Cooperative.

We will have more on the audit in subsequent stories.

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