PNC top brass worries its agents in the U.S. could face the Feds – and it’s causing a fight


Top executives of the country’s main opposition party, the PNC, are worried that those working for the party in the United States could face jail time and other sanctions – and the issue has caused a public fight.

The issue surrounds the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) – a U.S. law which can result in criminal charges, including fines and imprisonment, as well as civil penalties for those who breach it – and the North American Region (NAR) of the PNC.

Amanza Walton-Desir, who wants to be PNC leader, and Dr Gary Best, a senior executive of the PNC, have been forced to publicly say they did not tell the party’s leadership that FARA is no problem for the party’s agents in the United States as long as they operate informally.

The NAR was recently dismantled by the PNC after the party leadership said NAR refused to follow the instructions of the party.

FARA is a United States law which requires individuals and entities that are acting as agents of foreign principals in a political or quasi-political capacity to disclose their relationship, activities, and financial transactions with those foreign principals to the U.S. Department of Justice. The primary purpose of FARA is to ensure transparency and to inform the American public and government officials about the source of information and the identity of those attempting to influence U.S. public opinion, policy, and laws on behalf of foreign entities.

Agents of foreign principals must register with the Department of Justice within ten days of agreeing to act as an agent and before performing any activities for the foreign principal.

Registered agents must provide detailed information about their activities, including the nature of the services provided, the financial arrangements, and any materials distributed in the U.S.

Agents must submit periodic reports updating their activities, which include copies of informational materials disseminated and a description of their activities on behalf of the foreign principal.

Walton-Desir, as quoted by Demerara Waves, said she explained “the FARA regime and its implications for our members and supporters who live in the USA and begged us not to place them in jeopardy.”  Her statement was made in a memo to the party leadership of the Central Executive Committee.

It was the party’s Public Relations Director Sherwood Lowe who was quoted by Demerara Waves as saying Walton-Desir and Dr Best advised the party that there were no consequences to party agents in the US regarding FARA.

Dr Best has also now publicly stated that he never gave advice to the PNC on the issue.

He is quoted by Demerara Waves as saying: “I provided no such legal advice to the CEC. I’m not the legal advisor to the Party. I’m not the legal advisor to the Leader. And I’m not on, or a member of the Party’s legal committee.”

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  1. Terr says

    Jail these scum bags of the earth or send dem to Haiti.

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