No audit firm involved in Cambodia elite getting Cyprus passports

Accountant General and President of the Cyprus Public Audit Oversight Authority Rea Georgiou yesterday said Cypriot passports acquired by relatives and allies of Cambodia’s leader under a secretive investment for citizenship scheme was not the Authority’s jurisdiction.

A Reuters investigation had revealed that family members and allies of Cambodia’s long-time prime minister, Hun Sen, maintain overseas assets worth tens of millions of dollars and have used their wealth to buy foreign citizenship.

Nicosia declined to comment on individual cases, but the report had sparked the opposition’s furore here in Cyprus and Georgiou was asked by parliamentarians for an explanation. She had assured them of one after a careful read of the report.

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