Daniel writes in to say that I should provide a bit of an explanation for why this should be a scandal. I guess that the reason would be that it is simply not normal for a Central Bank, to transfer free and clear, ownership of a sovereign bond, worth $2 billion, to a recently formed limited company with a share capital of £2,000, managed by an individual (Tony Caplin) who appears as inactive in the Financial Services Authority register.
Some context of actors provided to facilitate further investigations in respective jurisdictions.
Banco Central de Venezuela (BCV): Venezuela’s Central Bank [link].
Nelson Merentes: Current President of BCV [link].
Eudomar Tovar: First Vice President of BCV [link].
Kellmar Limited: Isle of Man registered, £2,000 limited company [link].
Anthony Lindsay Caplin: a.k.a. Tony Caplin [link]. Former Chief Operating Officer of the Conservative Party [link]. Formerly with Panmure Gordon [link]. Director of Kellmar Ltd since 29 March 2011 [link]. Current Chairman of North West London Hospitals NHS Trust [link]. Current member of the Medical Research Council [link]. Current Commissioner of the Public Works Loan Board [link]. Currently inactive -as individual AXC01538 – Anthony Lindsay Caplin- according to the Financial Services Authority register [link].
Ramon Carpio Carvajal: Vice President of International Operations of BCV [link].
Ira D. Pruitt Jr: Attorney for Kellmar Ltd and Tony Caplin [link].
Rosallyn Hazelle: St. Kitts & Nevis Ambassador and Permanent Secretary Industry, Commerce, and Consumer Affairs [link].
Credit Suisse [link].
Sovereign Bond: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, 9.250, 07/05/28, ISIN USP17625AB33, common code 036133678 [link].