A Caribbean politician made a Privy Counsellor by David Cameron for his ‘loyal service’ to Queen and country is being investigated after he tried to leave Britain with £70,000 in cash, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Dr Denzil Douglas – who was Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis for 20 years – was detained at Gatwick Airport by the UK Border Force three weeks ago.
Officers seized the equivalent of more than £70,000 – in sterling, US dollars and eastern Caribbean dollars – from him on November 16 when he could not explain why he was attempting to leave the country with the cash.
Mystery surrounds the bizarre incident on which neither the Home Office nor police will comment.
However, the MoS understands Dr Douglas is the subject of a probe by the National Crime Agency.
Officers were granted the right to hold the cash for a further six months by Crawley Magistrates’ Court on November 19.
Dr Douglas boarded a flight to Dubai empty handed
A law enforcement source said: ‘He told them it was for political campaigning but could not explain where it came from and where it was really going.’
They added: ‘He was pulled up by Border Force and he declared he had a little bit of cash on him but something didn’t smell right and the search found the stash.’
Anti-money laundering rules state anyone leaving the UK to travel to a non-EU country must declare any sum above €10,000 (£8,400).
Agents are now attempting to trace the origin of the cash.