Cyprus sold passports to criminals and fugitives
A leak of government documents reveals Cyprus sold citizenship to dozens of foreigners linked to crime and corruption.
The Cyprus Papers is a leak of more than 1,400 passport applications approved by the government of the island nation between 2017 and 2019, and it raises serious questions about the Cyprus Investment Programme.
In the coming days, Al Jazeera will reveal the identities of dozens of people who acquired Cypriot citizenship who, according to the country's own rules, in many cases should not have received a passport.
Cyprus should be ashamed'
In response to questions from Al Jazeera, Cypriot Member of Parliament Eleni Mavrou said: "The way the programme was implemented the last few years was obviously a procedure that allowed cases for which the Republic of Cyprus should be ashamed."
"I believe that the new regulations will not leave room for foul play or for stepping over the boundaries that a state should respect," she added.
The Minister of the Interior, Nicos Nouris told Al Jazeera: "No citizenship was granted in violation of the regulations in force at the given time."