Comoros lawmaker leading citizenship inquiry attacked

Published: 6/Nov/2017
Source: Reuters

NAIROBI, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Unknown attackers torched a car belonging to deputy head of the parliament of Comoros late on Sunday, the latest in a series of threats apparently aimed at derailing an investigation he is leading, the lawmaker said.

Dhoulkamal Dhoihir, vice president of the National Assembly, is leading an inquiry into a plan to sell Comoros citizenship to stateless people in Gulf states. The scheme would earn Comoros, an island state off Africa’s eastern coast, $200 million to $300 million, but it has been dogged by allegations of corruption.

The incident comes a day before the commission Dhoihir heads is due to question two former presidents – Ikililou Dhoinine, who left office last year, and Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi, who launched the citizenship scheme in late 2008.

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Themes: Naturalisation and Marriage, Statelessness
Regions: Comoros
Year: 2017