Based on evidence presented in court yesterday Ron Green, Political leader of the United Workers Party, admitted that he was still a citizen of the United States on Nomination Day 2009.
He also testified that he knew he possessed dual citizenship in the 1995, 2000, and 2005 general elections.
Green is one of the petitioners in a dual citizenship court case involving Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Education Minister Petter St. Jean. They are asking the court to declare that both Skerrit and St Jean were illegally nominated before the 2009 general election because they held dual citizenship at the time.
According to the Constitution of Dominica, “A person shall not be qualified to be elected or appointed as a Representative or Senator (hereinafter in this section referred to as a member) if he by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state…” However the prohibition does not apply to citizens of Commonwealth countries.
In court yesterday Green admitted that he obtained American citizenship as a 17-year-old but by his own act obtained an American passport as an adult.
He further testified that he knowingly retained his dual citizenship status after the acquisition of the US passport and even after the matter was raised in 1995 by then Attorney General Sir Brian Alleyne.
It is reported that Green’s dual citizenship status was resolved when he applied to the US embassy in Barbados in December, 2009.
Green will continue to be cross examined in court today.
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