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Phua renounces Malaysian citizenship

Paul Phua, the gambling kingpin on trial in the US, has given up his Malaysian citizenship to become a national of Montenegro.

Montenegrin media reported that Phua was recommended for citizenship by Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic after doing business with the country’s elite.

Citizenship was given “in the period from October 2013 to October 2014, at the personal suggestion of Montenegrin Prime Minister,” reported the Centre for Investigative Reporting Montenegro.

Sarawak-born Phua will now lose his Malaysian citizenship as the country’s Federal Constitution does not recognize dual nationality.

Phua is currently facing charges in Las Vegas where he is accused of running an illegal World Cup gambling operation from a number of luxury suites in the city’s Caesars Palace hotel. 


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