Astaphan said the matter has nothing to do with Dominica

Astaphan said the matter has nothing to do with Dominica

Senior Counsel Tony Astaphan has said an affidavit supporting criminal complaint brought about by the FBI against Chinese billionaire, Ng Lap Seng and other officials  in a United Nations bribery scandal, has nothing to do with Dominica nor the Prime Minister of Dominica.

“There is not a single reference to Dominica and there is not a single reference to the Prime Minister of Dominica whether expressly or by implication. None,” he said on Kairi’s Heng Program on Thursday.

Seng was arrested in New York recently and a federal prosecutor has charged him with playing a central role in a $1.3 million bribery scheme to corrupt a former president of the United Nations General Assembly. Former Antiguan diplomat, John Ashe, and Francis Lorenzo, a diplomat from the Dominican Republic, were also ensnared in the matter.

Members of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) have been asking questions since Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, was seen in a photograph, taken before the arrests, with the men in Macau. On Thursday morning the UWP held a press conference and Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton, called on Skerrit to come clean about his relationship with Seng.

But Astaphan said on the Heng, before the press conference, that he is not sure what the UWP wants the Prime Minister to do since he was not even referenced in the FBI affidavit.

“So I don’t know what they are waiting on, the Prime Minister is not mentioned and Dominica is not mentioned, far less implicated in this matter,” he stated.