A neo Nazi appointment request and push back for Dominica’s new ambassadors
By Thomson Fontaine
January 2, 2012 12:50 p.m.
Washington, DC (TDN) —- As the local and foreign press continues to focus on Dominica’s Economic Citizenship Program (ECP) and the sale of diplomatic positions to non Dominicans even more disturbing information is being revealed.
Leon Degrelle close friend and confidant of Dominica's ambassador designate to Ireland.
On October 12, 2004 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Marketing of Dominica (Ref. 204/02-2399) addressed a diplomatic note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ireland, requesting agrément for the appointment of Mr. Serge Roger De Thibault De Boesinghe, as Ambassador of the Commonwealth of Dominica to Ireland.
It turns out that in the seventies De Boesinghe became a member of an international neo-Nazi organization, the new European order, and was active in the Belgian branch of the movement.
De Boesinghe was also a close friend and confidant of Leone Degrelle the former head of the Walloon Division of Hitler’s dreaded Waffen SS, which were front-line troops in the fight against the Soviet Union.
Equally disturbing is the fact that in 1980 Serge de Thibault de Boesinghe was indicted and arrested by the Belgian police for his role in a bank robbery. At the time, Police fingered de Boesinghe as the ring leader and he was sentenced to five years in prison.
At the time of his conviction, de Boesinghe place was searched and several Nazi pamphlets were found as well as letters from well known Nazis. He was also the vice president of a group of the far-right Belgian Civic League. In 1982 he won a retrial and was later released.
News of the rejection of de Boesinghe’s credentials by the Ireland government has just come to light but it reveals a pattern engaged in by the Dominican government of seeking to appoint men of dubious character as ambassadors for Dominica.
In November 2011, the Italian government rejected the appointment of Francesco Corallo as Dominica’s ambassador to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Just a year earlier the Italian government had slapped a Euro 45 billion fine on Corallo for tax evasion.
In April 2006 the Spanish government wrote to question the request by the Dominica government to appoint Bobby Wahi as its honorary consul in Malaga, Spain. Part of the Spanish foreign ministry response to the government of Dominica, read:
“In order to adequately assess the request, the authorities in Madrid requests from the government of Dominica greater details as to the reasons for the establishment of an Honorary Consulate in Malaga considering that there are no Dominican nationals resident there nor are there any apparent interests from an economic and cultural point of view.”
Needless to say, the Spanish government discerned that something was amiss and balked at going through with the appointment. As far as could be ascertained, the Dominica government when faced with this push back from the Spanish never responded and the appointment was never made.
Around the same time that Spain was asking questions, the United Arab Emirates also refused a request to have Dominic a open a consulate in that country. In 2006 also, the United States government rejected a request to grant a visa to holder of a diplomatic passport Barbadian Leroy Paris.
The US embassy wrote to the Dominican government questioning why the Barbadian national was being made a Dominican diplomat. Like in the case of Spain, the Dominica government failed to respond and the US refused to grant the visa.
What is very clear from the various accounts is that Dominica’s foreign policy is totally discredited and countries are wary about diplomatic appointments that are being made.
This fact was recently borne out by Dominica’s minister counselor at the United Nations Paolo Zampolli who in some email exchanges with a Dominican national revealed that he was informed by US intelligence and Interpol that Dominica’s diplomatic appointments has raised red flags in the international community.
In the overwhelming majority of cases, the holders of Diplomatic passports are non Dominican nationals, usually wealthy businessmen seeking fiscal breaks in their countries, and purchased those from the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) government at undisclosed sums, but rumored to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.