Former United Workers Party (UWP) senator, Dr. Thomson Fontaine, has left Dominica for South Sudan after the court accepted an application to vary his bail conditions and granted him permission to return that country where he is gainfully employed.
Dr. Fontaine was on April 23, 2022, arrested at the Douglas Charles airport on arrival in Dominica, on a bench warrant issued by Magistrate Asquith Riviere on November 22, 2018, following his failure to appear at two court hearings.
Fontaine’s arrest stemmed from an incident which dates back to February 7, 2017. On that day, the parliamentary opposition United Workers Party (UWP) held a meeting on Kennedy Avenue in Roseau calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit following which several businesses were vandalized in the capital city. Several opposition members were subsequently charged with inciting violence and obstructing justice.
“An application was made by Dr. Thomson Fontaine to vary his bail conditions, to be able to return to South Sudan where he is gainfully employed, and in the circumstances the application was made, the various documents were presented in the court and that was accepted by the court and the court approved the variation of bail with his surety being there,” Attorney Ronald Charles said.
He continued, “The conditions were read to the surety and she was in agreement.”
Charles said the surety understands the risk involved, the circumstances and the court explained that to her, “and it was successful and we are happy to know that Dr. Thomson Fontaine can leave the state tomorrow (Tuesday .”
He revealed that Fontaine was able to receive his travel documents to include his passport.
Charles said Dr. Fontaine’s matter has been set for the 8th of August 2022 and he is expected to return to Dominica sometime in July.
“All-in-all it was successful and we are pleased the condition of bail was given to him,” Charles stated.
Dr. Fontaine, a former IMF economist, has, for the past four years, been employed as Economic and International Policy Adviser to the government of South Sudan, Africa.