Jordan, Latvia & Israel shake up Diplomatic Corps after investigation

  • After receiving questions from journalists, governments announced the termination and reviews of honorary consuls tied to controversies or accused of wrongdoing.
  • The investigation had found last year at least 500 current and former honorary consuls who have been accused of crimes.

Jan. 18.– Three more countries have announced reviews of honorary consuls after an Shadow Diplomatsinvestigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and ProPublica revealed widespread wrongdoing by members of the little-known system of volunteer diplomats.

Jordan, Latvia, and Israel have either terminated the status of honorary consuls operating in their countries or ordered reviews of those currently serving.

Meanwhile, reporters at ICIJ media partner El Periódico obtained an exclusive police report with new details about a money laundering probe of honorary consuls in Spain.

Last year, ICIJ and ProPublica, in collaboration with 60 media partners, published Shadow Diplomats, an investigation revealing that honorary consuls have repeatedly exploited diplomatic status to threaten international security and the rule of law. The investigation found at least 500 current and former honorary consuls who have been accused of crimes or ...

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