The attorney-general has instructed police to investigate the contents of a report published by Al Jazeera, linking the island’s controversial citizenship by investment programme to dodgy deals in the UK’s football scene.
Police spokesman Christos Andreou said the force has been instructed to look into all the information included in the report, which aired on Monday, and launch an investigation into anything relating to Cyprus.
The force is already investigating the matter after the broadcaster aired two reports last year focusing solely on the investment programme.
In its documentary ‘The Men Who Sell Football’, the Qatar-based network recounts how its team of investigative journalists, initially looking into operators helping foreign nationals buy up English football clubs, were led to the Cypriot citizenship-by-investment scheme.
At one point, the main fixer in England tells the undercover journalists how a Cypriot minister can help “streamline” the process so that a Chinese national can obtain a new identity and a Cypriot passport.
None of the participants name the minister.
Al Jazeera billed the documentary as the prequel to its 2020 expose titled ‘The Cyprus Papers Undercover’. Its release led to the termination of the passports scheme and to high-profile resignations.