Dr. Thomson Fontaine receives court permission to travel to South Sudan

Dr. Fontaine outside the court house after being granted bail

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.

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36 Comments

  1. KID ON THE BLOCK
    May 13, 2022

    Mr. out on bail and free to travel? This country is really too free. If it was me, all so now my arse would be behind bars. Mr. had the right to do all that he did and still lying to the Dominican people saying he did nothing even when he was caught on tape disregarding police orders.

  2. Jonathan Y St Jean
    May 11, 2022

    The pied piper of the DLP, the double doctorate dude, has his supporters lining up and marching to whatever tune he plays. He obtains two honorary doctorates from backwater institutions in India and wants to be acknowledged as “Dr. Dr.” and his ignorant supporters are quite willing to do as he says, not realizing that the Emperor has no clothes and no intelligence. Dr. Fountain is well respected for his education that’s why he was selected from many applicants to fill the role he’s playing in South Sudan. The crazy followers of “Dr. Dr.” can’t even see that in Dominica it’s only the government that drives the economy. The next level is a total failure. RUSM was allowed to leave because he didn’t want to give the Americans a reason to come and rescue their citizens like in Grenada. The poor country can’t continue along its current path and Dr. Fountain’s skills are badly needed to save Dominica from “Dr.Dr”. and his forty thieves. Respect genuine achievement not fake…

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    • Gary
      May 15, 2022

      As I said before, deception has many masks. Do you really think that a man’s education is the pivotal point of his character and being. Why would you think that Thomson skills are badly needed to save Dominica, how do you arrive at such ludicrous thinking, listen, it is not about a man skills it is about his accomplishments. Thomson portrays himself as a person who cares about people economic, well-being, really. If Thomson had any concern about, people as he portrays himself to Dominicans, he would not be working where he is and be part of such a corrupted Government saying he is their main economic advisor ……………………………………….. does Thomson fill
      comfortable supporting such economic policies of such Government, is this what his impeccable education and acolytes has led him to support, that he is so obligated to return to.

  3. Man bite dogs
    May 11, 2022

    Dominica has some strange and stupid laws how could anyone allow Thomson Fontaine, which is on bail permission to travel to South Sudan and pretending he is working for the Sudanese government which is a big fat lie that guy Thomson Fontaine, don’t have a bone of truth in his sad little body all lies, lies, lies also he is working for some other organization and nothing to do with the South Sudanese government, look it up on the website.

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  4. Magway ca
    May 11, 2022

    So he accused of trying to overthrow the government. You have him in custody or on island. And now u allowing him to leave the island and go somewhere with no guarantee he doh descide not to come back. If you all think he so guilty that you drag him to court and arrest him at the airport when he land. How you all allowing him to leave the country now? Dominicans you all find that making any sense at all ?

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    • Lawyer
      May 15, 2022

      Exactly! Skerrit had nothing on him apart from fabricated nonsense. Then the CM’s institutions namely the militia and courts come into action and assist with arrest and court date. This is nothing but pure intimidation and unlawful harassment. It’s as simple as that.

  5. Anthony P. Ismael, Minister of Free Peleau
    May 11, 2022

    Finally, common sense prevailed. Dr. Fontaine is free to travel as he should be. The injustice brought about by members of the “Cabal” is finally over. Bad mindedness will only prosper for some time, but it will eventually fail. Father time is the greatest arbiter of all things, and it remains undefeated. King Skerritt and his merry band of wickedness will be part of the history books one day, just like others, before and after him.

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    • Man bite dogs
      May 13, 2022

      Anthony, “common sense prevailed” my a** Dominica’s laws is septic so are the lawyers and judges, how on earth a judge or magistrate could allowed Thomson Fontaine, to walk away with his passport and expect him to return from Sudan ,whenever if he feels like it what a load of rubbish only in Dominica that crap could happen, no wonder that so-called UWP criminals doing and saying as they like without being persecuted.

    • Gary
      May 15, 2022

      What injustice are you talking about that has been done to Thomson, do you know what injustice is. There is one thing you said
      that was correct, time is the greatest arbiter of all things, and it remains undefeated, now all that is left is for The Dominican people to be witnesses to the arbiter of time as to who is wicked.

  6. May 11, 2022

    “You can’t keep a good man down” it’s a shame and disgrace that Dr Thompson Fontaine has two brothers presently serving as members of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force, and yet he was treated so shabbily, did anyone of those persons in authority take that into consideration; “wagwey sa” even prisoners of war are treated better.

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  7. What???
    May 11, 2022

    The court system is extremely weak and Mr. Fontaine should consider himself extremely lucky to be out on bail. Who tells the court he is too important to follow the law. I find it strange that a country that is called a dictatorship can be so liberal. I hope the same privileged will be extended to the ordinary man.

    DNO , Please post my comment!

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    • Marty
      May 12, 2022

      Listen ……., when do YOU get it in your hollow scull, THEY KNEW THEY HAD NOTHING ON HIM!

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      • Gary
        May 15, 2022

        This was a bail hearing, not a Court trial, What are you talking about, “THEY KNEW THEY HAD NOTHING ON HIM!”

      • Gary
        May 15, 2022

        You are so right, not only extremely lucky to be out on bail, but to be also appreciative of the due process given to him. As you rightly said, is this how the Court system works under
        a dictator.

  8. The old prophet
    May 11, 2022

    When the Jews falsely accused Jesus of committing all kinds of crime, just to get legal approval of the court, pirate was bolted enough to utter this verdict: “ I find no fault in him.”

    I hope our magistrates and judges will prove that they have a heart and conscience that’s better than Pirate when dealing not just with Dr. Fontaine but all members and known supporters of the opposition that Skerrit and his corrupt government are trying to jail for exposing their corruption.

    The BVI Premier Andrew Fahie, tried to get the US court permission to travel but didn’t because they have a plane load of evidence on him.
    Soon, the evil one in Dominica who has corrupted everything damn thing on island will be picked up by the US and I can assure you that he will not get his travel documents back! As a result, he will name all those who helped him corrupt and destroy Dominica and many of them including, lawyers, senior police officers, former top boys of West Indies cricket, will join him…

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    • Just Saying!!!!!
      May 11, 2022

      I Am glad for Dr Fountain. Old Prophet please don’t compare anyone else equal to Jesus. What kind of Prophet are you. Stop using God’s Word out of context. Take time and study the Logos. Be careful old prophet.

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      • Follow the Money
        May 17, 2022

        Anyone could be equal to Jesus(Vatican/Michael Angelo’s European), but Christ(King) is a different level. You were “educated” to honor Jesus instead.

    • FACTS
      May 11, 2022

      What’s your problem old prophet. Old Fart…you are getting me upset involving God’s Word with such crap. Don’t you know the significance behind the Word. THE Word us Life. Oh dear. Can the real Prophet speak up. Such junk . It would be okay if you were not quoting scriptures. Shame on you calling yourself a prophet. GOD REVEALS SECRETS TO REAL PROPHETS..

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    • Dragon 🐉
      May 11, 2022

      Corruption in every institution in Dominica. Even in Provate Court, Port Authority, Hospital, Police stations, Registry, post office, in de cemetery, and in places you won’t believe. Pilate washed his hands but those hands remain dirty to this day. Boy! Look Deybah in that little Dominica.

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      • Frogman
        May 11, 2022

        The probate Court is loaded with Corruption. Making all kinds of false transactions for money under the table. In Dominica, if it’s not drug money it’s some other means of corruption. It’s a mess in Dominica. The labor party is leading in this mess.

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      • Lin clown
        May 12, 2022

        Well Mr.Ole Police if you really are,Thompson brothers would know about BENCH warrants.The bench warrant is to take someone to court.A bench warrant has nothing to do with,”they have nothing on him”.Thompson brothers would know that if they are not AHOLES lika IBO.If Thompson had made an appearance in court when summoned to do so there would have been no need for a bench warrant.What he has to do now,is do not abide by the conditions of bail.He should take advice from IBO,Gramoxone Francisco-dog and St Jean,complete what he is doing in Sudan and don’t come back before August 8 2022.

    • Gary
      May 11, 2022

      Why do you keep using biblical references to support your political partisan beliefs, I will tell you this, deception carries many masks, If you want to be deceived by Thomson The Politician be it. Is it only The Magistrates who have a conscience in this Political drama carried out in the Court.

      As to your silly comparison about BVI Premier Andrew Fahie, Why are you getting into things you are ignorant about. The media is not a place where evidence is put to the test, that is done in a Courtroom. Are you comfortable calling people evil, and wishing them to be arrested, wow, be content with your wishes

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      • facts
        May 12, 2022

        He is a Sicko using God’s Word and calling for his own people to be arrested. No Spirit in his writing. This Old so called prophet. I put your name in small letters because you are no true prophet. You are propher lying… God wish no evil and harm on people….

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  9. Lawyer
    May 11, 2022

    Again, it proves that they have NOTHING on Thomson. If they only had a shred of evidence they would ensure that he wouldn’t go anywhere. Furthermore, there is still the issue with the current speaker of the house who at the time was also apprehended with Thomson. So now they can’t even fabricate evidence because if Thomson would be tried under false pretences, the ‘Speaker’ would have to be tried as well. Another charade that ultimately bid the .rime minister in his rear end.

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    • Gary
      May 11, 2022

      You are, so silly it is sad, this is a bail hearing not a trial, don’t you know the difference, lol. If Thomson thinks like you, believing if they only had a shred of evidence they would ensure that he wouldn’t go anywhere, then I hope he shows up in Court to prove that he is innocence for what he is accused off to clear his name. The Speaker of the house is not charged with the same offense as Thomson. The charade of your imagination is not about the Government, but on Thomson actions and words, tell me who do you think stands to gain more in this drama, Thomson, or The Government.

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      • Lawyer
        May 15, 2022

        Never mind bail hearing or trial, if they HAD evidence they would not, under no circumstances, have given him bail. I do understand very well how Skerrit and his justice machine works. Do you?? Did we ever get an explanation regarding the Choksi affair. Why was he kidnapped and brought to DA?Why was he charged with bogus charges? Why was he ultimately ‘granted’ bail with bogus reasons? Isn’t it true that the cabal was involved bringing him to DA but when they were found out, Skerrit had to fabricate something that fooled his supporters yet again? The pattern was and is always the same. Since the CM is in charge of the militia as well as the courts, it’s fairly easy for him… that is AS LONG AS THE CITIZENS OF DOMINICA ARE PREPARED TO SWOLLOW HIS CONSTANT ABUSE OF POWER AND LIES. You of course are one of his super dummies, who keep defending the indefensible. Are you stupid or corrupt? Which one is it? God forbid, is it both?

        • Gary
          May 16, 2022

          Why are you persistent with your foolishness, about If they had no evidence. You do not go to a bail hearing to attain a person innocence or guilt. Thomson violated a Court order, are you saying that he never violated a Court Oder. His innocence or guilt as to what he is charged will be decided in a Court Trail, not on your nonsensical perception and silly narratives. Do you know how silly you are, saying that The PM fabricated something to arrest Thomson. Do you have evidence of such thing.

          You say you are a Lawyer, your first duty is to The Court. If you can make public statements about how corrupt the institution you are supposed to serve, then be a man, leave the institution and get another vocation and stop sitting behind your computer making silly worthless comments. When Thomson goes to trial, I hope you can supply his legal team with evidence to back up you your statements that the PM fabricated such thing, and yes bring the PM on the stand for questioning.

  10. Truth Be Told
    May 11, 2022

    God be with you Dr. Fontaine. The good work that you are doing in Africa is in the spirit of our forefathers, liberators and political activists, Pan-Africanists like our late brother Rosie Douglas. May you serve Africa with God’s grace and God’s blessings, and do not forget to shake off every evil gran of sand from Dominica from your shoes when you leave this vile and evil land that Dominica has become.
    All Dominicans know that we were once a friendly smiling people in the Caribbean before this vile, evil, wicked Labour Party Government taught us to hate each other, to hate our own, while they love and embrace foreign criminals with Dominica Diplomatic Passports!

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    • Gary
      May 16, 2022

      What good work is Thomson is doing in Africa, that is the spirit of our forefathers, liberators and political activists, https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/09/1100932 after reading this tell me, why Thomson is supporting such government as an economic advisor. In an early post, I had a link removed by Admin accompanying my comment showing how corrupt the South Sudanese Government is and why Thomson is working for such a regime. Admin, I hope this link satisfies your policy for posting, it comes from a recognizable institution.

      Back to your comment, When we are given a forum to discuss matters pertaining to our Country, where is the responsibility of making informed opinions, Wow, “this vile, evil, wicked Labour Party Government taught us to hate each other, to hate our own” as a result we are not recognized for as friendly smiling people in the Caribbean. What mind of yours would conceive such thing about us.

  11. Ibo France
    May 11, 2022

    This is nothing more than the continued and systematic persecution of members of the Opposition. DNO fails to mention that these charges against Dr. Thomson Fontaine have absolutely no merit as he had left the meeting and was on live radio when the disturbances were happening.

    DNO, again, has failed to mention that Roosevelt went before the world immediately after the incident erroneously and shamelessly accused the Opposition of an attempted coup d’etat. This very serious and bogus charge was dropped as it couldn’t stand the truth test.

    My point is simply this. These charges will be dismissed as they have no legs to stand on. They were all fabricated by one evil man to discredit and persecute his opponents.

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  12. May 11, 2022

    And Matt Peltier had senior village journalist Carlisle Jno Baptiste on his show singing the tune of “so easy procedure” in the court. It was an easy procedure on day # 1 to eliminate this bogus charge and dump it in Morne Daniel. Carlisle wants people to think he would have done a better job than the other attorneys. His job would have been made easier because as of now he is kissing a….. And as for the so called talked about talk show in Dominica, I want to ask that in the event that there are no telephone callers would the show play only music and commercials?

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    • Nancy
      May 11, 2022

      ‘senior village journalist’- Funny- that guy’s The so called Journalist who it has been alleged got a house from the government credibility has gone down the tubes .- do bad because all you have as a respected and believable journalist is your credibility.

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      • Toto
        May 12, 2022

        You are right there Nancy CJB is just the local village hack pretending to be a journalist and trying to make a living selling peanuts.

    • Ibo France
      May 11, 2022

      @A Nou Parle’ Sort
      Your comments are quite true. This news reporter, Carlisle Jno Baptiste, is nothing more than a partisan hack. He used uncomplimentary remarks to describe Dr. Fontaine’s lawyers. Even falsely accusing them of being responsible for the delays with the inordinate length of time in getting bail and recouping his travel documents from the court.

      This imposter touted that he could have done a better job than the accomplished lawyers as he had many years of experience in covering court cases. Experience is one of the greatest teachers. However, experience doing the wrong things doesn’t count. As a reporter, he and his experience is worth $0.00. If he gets five people to visit his news site , Nature Isle, per day, that’s a good day for him.

      Inexplicably, he is the ‘Go To’ reporter for Matt Peltier on local issues. This is folly. This man deflects blame from a corrupt, ityranniacal and despotic regime to assiduos lawyers fighting tyranny. He’s a nonentity.

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      • Gary
        May 15, 2022

        I wonder what your opinion is worth.

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