US Visas of the the Minister of Transport and NEMO, Edmond Castro, were revoked. A press release from his office was issued yesterday saying that
The release continued by stating that Castro formerly held a US “green” card, which he gave up in 2009. At that time he got both tourist and diplomatic visas from the US Embassy. Further, it stated that for the past three years, Castro has not made a trip to the United States and even though an invitation was extended to him to reappear before the U.S. consular office to establish (his) eligibility for visa, he declined the offer since he said that he is very unlikely that he intends to do so anytime soon. It is noteworthy to mention that in May 2015, Castro sued Alvarine Burgess for defamation of character. It was through that trial the Ms. Burgess mentioned Castro being paid $2,000 per visa application. He accepted that he signed for at least 21 visa applicants unknown to him; however, he denied that he appropriated money for it. The US takes human trafficking offenses extremely seriously and denies visas to the US based on people’s involvement in this particular trade. Processing visa applications for unknown persons could potentially be used in human trafficking circles. Today, Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Oppposiiton, also spoke on the matter saying that Castro should be fired.
Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition: I think it’s shameful and disgraceful that we have now a sistitng Minister who the U.S. government has decided to cancel his visa and we need to ask the question why. Why would the United States government cancel a sitting Minister’s visa – not only his tourist visa but even his diplomatic visa? That by itself – the Prime Minister should take action and Minister Castro should be fired, because there is obviously something terribly wrong. And we need to add also because we have been hearing that there are other Ministers whose visas have been canceled, and I would want to think that the Prime Minister as the leader of this country would know that and he needs to take action. When it happened during our time, Minister [Maxwell] Samuels was not brought back to the Cabinet. So now the Prime Minister – who was so boastful that he is going to do the right thing – Prime Minister, do the right thing, you need to fire Minister Castro.
President of COLA Geovanni Brackett also commented on the revocation of Minister’s Castro’s visa
Geovanni Brackett, President of COLA: He took Alvarine Burgess to court, am I right? And he took channel 5 to court, and he lost and in reverse had to pay the person he took to court. I think that if you check not only him – because I don’t want to just single out Edmond Castro – I think a whole bunch of the U.D.P. Ministers sitting who call themselves Honorable should be losing their visas. When you have the head of a pastor who was beheaded, an American citizen. When you have the US Government putting fugitives in your hands and you turn them loose, when you have Ministers in government trafficking in every shape and form, not only just pharmaceuticals but humans being trafficked – and I love how the police is recording this event because we want to put this as evidence to the police. Because in many instances the police have been used as a political tool, not all, but my very good friend Louis Wade is being attacked by political vicious monsters. These people… we are not sorry, because word to COLA – COLA has agents in every shape and form in every government agency and international friends – let me tell you something; that there is more to come. There is at least three or four that we have confirmed who have lost their visas who have been affiliated with certain Ministers and there is more coming.
Meanwhile, Castro says he hasn’t gone in to speak to the US Embassy personnel because he has no plans to travel to the states anytime soon.