The investigation exposes how a convicted criminal might obtain a European passport for the right price. Undercover reporters go to Cyprus to reveal a two-track citizenship-by-investment scheme, where ‘problematic’ applicants pay more. The investigation leads to the highest offices of the Cypriot state, where undercover reporters are given the blueprint on how to bypass the rules. The investigation led to the end of the scheme and demonstrations on the streets. The European Commission said it’s members “watched the documentary in disbelief” and announced that legal proceedings would begin against Cyprus.
24 Aug 2020
Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit has obtained documents that reveal more than 2,500 people, including convicted criminals and fugitives, paid to become citizens of Cyprus.