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Honorary consuls are "politically exposed persons" (PEPs) – YES, NOW, DON'T KNOW?


Some foreign governments have chosen to classify honorary consuls as "politically exposed persons" (PEPs). However, most jurisdictions' rules [including Jersey] are silent and leave it to regulated forms to decide.

An honorary consul is a diplomatic position that comes with legal protections, travel benefits and political connections unavailable to most people

With these privileges, ProPublica and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists found that corrupt, violent and dangerous honorary consul appointees have turned a system meant to leverage the work of honorary citizens into a perilous form of rogue diplomacy that has threatened the rule of law around the world.

For example:-

  • More than x150 current and former consuls have been accused or convicted of tax evasion, fraud, bribery, corruption or money laundering.
  • Nearly x60 tied to drug or weapons offences,
  • At least x20 others to violent crimes and
  • x10 to environmental abuses.
  • The United States and other governments have sanctioned x30 honorary consuls;
  • x9 have been linked to terrorist groups by law enforcement and governments.

Once accused, consuls invoke their status to avoid prosecution, police inquiries or fines.

Comsure, therefore, says Honorary consuls are "POLITICALLY EXPOSED PERSONS" (PEPS)

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  • The Global Threat of Rogue Diplomacy: How honorary consuls leverage perks, wield political power amid reports of wrongdoing.


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