UPDATE: Court case of incitement against Linton, Fontaine adjourned to January 2019

Linton interacts with people outside the court house

A legal battle is now on as lawyers for Opposition leader Lennox Linton and Thomson Fontaine vow to fight a case of “incitement” brought by the police.

The matter was first adjourned to March 2019 but a request by the prosecution, led by Trinidadian senior Counsel, Israel Khan, saw the matter suddenly moved to November 22, 2018.

Roseau South MP and deputy leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Joshua Francis, was absent sick and submitted a medical report to the court. However, Dr. Thomson Fontaine, who was summoned and served to appear in court was absent and his lawyer, Gildeon Richards, told the court that he was not able to account for Fontaine’s absence.

Khan requested a warrant for his arrest and Magistrate Asquith Riviere agreed and issued the warrant.

However, the day’s proceedings were not without drama. First, the court adjourned “sine die” the obstruction matters against Nicholas George, Lennox Linton, Joshua Francis and Joseph Isaac who were all present in court. But the charge for alleged incitement by opposition leader Linton was then read to him and adjourned to May 14, 2019.

The charged is that between January 22, 2017 and February 7, 2017 Linton unlawfully incited people…and jeopardized the public safety order and public peace following a public meeting in Roseau on February 7, 2017 calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, contrary to law.

Khan then told the court that “this matter is very serious and attracts international attention and should be determined as quickly as possible.”

“We are going via Paper Committal we have 64 police witnesses and 10 civilians, for both sides this matter is important. This man (Linton) is a potential Prime Minister. This matter should not be hanging over his head and he can’t go into an election with this hanging over his head,” Khan told the court as he objected to the May adjournment.

In response, Magistrate Riviere stated that the court is heavily burdened and has matters set for well into 2019. “If we have to give way to you, then we have to displace a lot of people,” Magistrate Riviere told Khan. Riviere then adjourned the matter to January 22, 2019 and set December 11, 2018 as the date by which the prosecution must deliver all its bundles to the defense. But defense counsel Richards stood up and objected to the January 22, 2019 date saying that given the number of witnesses, it would be impossible for him to handle that matter so soon. However, Riviere was not moved and kept the January 22, 2019 date.

“Your Honour, you are refusing to hear me and behalf of my client. I don’t think that you can and will be fair and so I am asking you to recuse yourself from the matter,” Richards said.

“I will not recuse myself,” Riviere responded.

Richards repeated his request and insisted that the magistrate recuse himself for the matter as he was being “patently biased towards his client” by refusing to listen to him on behalf of his client on a change of the adjournment date. He said he will take the matter to the high court.

Speaking to the press afterwards, Linton called the incitement charge “political, wicked and victimization.”

“We are under political persecution under the guise of criminal prosecution…we will fight this because the people of Dominica deserve to live in a better country than what Skerrit have us living in right now. There were no profanity and or incitement in what I said to the people of Dominica on February 7, 2017,” Linton said.

According to him, his speech was “clean and innocent” and the government is trying to “manufacture incitement out of those pro-democracy statements but we are not daunted.”

Khan, he said, is involved in the Labour Party politics of Dominica and knows how to manipulate the court since he Khan has a “sympathetic ear in the magistrate in the court.”

Past prime minister and former UWP leader, Edison James, was also charged with incitement but he has not been served.

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41 Comments

  1. UDOHREADYET
    November 26, 2018

    I think the idea here is to hold people accountable for their actions not to persecute anyone. Although the warrant for Fontaine arrest seems unnecessary but being that his lawyer was present and could not account for his whereabouts and those not present had written excuses, his absence could have been because he did not get the notice, is traveling or doesn’t care. Its easy for people to forget things but what happened earlier in the year shouldn’t be overlooked, if you doing things like that then you should expect to answer for it.

  2. jamie
    November 26, 2018

    Skerrit you have Dominica @ a very dangerous crossroad and you will pay the ultimate price in due time,political victimization can never win.

  3. %
    November 25, 2018

    All people of good conscience should say NO to political persecution in Dominica!!!!
    I abhor it,and it is a new evil in Dominica ..Even worse is when the court is seen to aligned with corrupt politicians ..What a shame!!!!!

  4. viewsexpressed
    November 25, 2018

    ” This man (Linton) is a potential Prime Minister. This matter should not be hanging over his head and he can’t go into an election with this hanging over his head,” Khan told the court as he objected to the May adjournment.” Well said Khan on behalf of all of us Dominicans. Hon Linton and his team has performed honourably and decently and because Skerrit and his failed team are unable to match the intellectual and decency of these honourable gentlemen and their intellectual Team UWP, they, failed Skerrit and his corrupt labour Govt are scared, worried that they will be out of government this election replaced by Hon Linton as Prime Minister and dedicated decent Team UWP Parliamentary Representatives and Ministers. Dominica is urgently in need of government Change from this failed corrupt Labour Government under failed Skerrit to what is cried for now over 18 yeears. The decent United Workers` Party under its credible decent and honest Prime Minister Hon. Linton and his honourable…

  5. Ibo France
    November 25, 2018

    After reading a comment, I did a brief research on Israel Khan, the lawyer contracted by the government to pursue this bogus case. The information gathered portrays this man to be a renegade. He is divisive, confrontational, controversial and political. He has even been accused of being a racist by many because of his visceral comments. It’s glaringly conspicuous that the government would go to the greatest extreme to spend scarce tax payers’ dollars on rogue lawyers just to harass, persecute and to tarnish the character of the leaders of the opposition. This heartless, desperate regime will do anything, even if they have to bankrupt the country or cause unnecessary crises, to win the upcoming general elections. Before they fix the high court building, the dry weather roof of the post office and the many other public buildings that are in a dilapidated condition, these misguided morons waste sparse public funds on cunning, foreign lawyers. Wise up Dominicans, vote for change.

  6. %
    November 25, 2018

    The political persecution of opposition politicians must stop.
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

  7. sisserou
    November 24, 2018

    no weapon form against us shall prosper. touch not my annointed said the Lord. Remember the evangelist was disannointed and annointment was placed on Linton. First order of the day is to amend the constitution; two term limit for any prime minister, fix date for elections in Dominica and cleaning of the voters list.

  8. Sisserou
    November 23, 2018

    When you see that volcano erupt I don’t want to be in Dominica. :mrgreen:

    • viewsexpressed
      November 25, 2018

      Amen Sisserou, Amen, we concur. When we feed that Sisserou it will fly high over Domininca and into our beloved forests of our protected nature isle. The meaning behind this is, Domininca again will be free to fly any and everywhere in Domininca freely without the word corruption and abuse at everyone’s` lips. We will be proud and respected Dominicans again with no touching of women’s wear and rear, for a few pieces of silver and will strengthen the welfare division that families and vulnerable people will be well assessed and offered their families with the financial and other resources they need to live decently and not be bought for a few pieces of bobol, thievery loyalty. That thievery will not happen under Hon Linton. That is the scare (it) of Skerrit and his failed useless 18 ministers as we the people of Domininca who cry out for change and decency and peace and respect for all. We need to take our island back and rebuild our Domiininca
      Dominicans, we urge you all to wake up…

  9. Sad
    November 23, 2018

    It is sad to say the courts being manipulated like this. Just few weeks ago lawyers for the court were pleading with the government to get the criminal court up and operational. Court cases have been on hold for so long. Yet still through political interference, a court case was able to be pushed up to November. How do u give a bench warrant when u as the court pushed up the court date. I heard the magistrate speak about the backlog in the court yet still a date in January was able to be obtained. The magistrate was asked to recuse himself and he blatantly refused. This is really sad in da how the judiciary is so tainted

  10. WHAT IF
    November 23, 2018

    But what if during the uwp protest of February 7, 2017 where supporters we’re chanting “Skerrit must go”, the Hon. PM came to address protestors by saying ‘ fellow Dominicans I understand your anger and as PM I take responsibility for the Alireza Monfared saga and I vow to order a fair investigation and I will report back to you in two weeks time. ‘ If he did that you think protestors would not quitely and peacefully go home? What if leaders would accept wrong for their actions and instead of trying to cover their evil actions and use the judiciary to jail those that called them out for their wrong, they did like David of old, who was rebuked by the prophet for his sin and responded with brokenness? What if? What If? What if? Pm let me warn you because you are the one, you are the cause and you better stop your evil plot, lest a worse thing comes upon you. You CANNOT hurt good people becauexposed your sin. Sir you were cought in bed naked with a wanted criminal and the world saw…

    • viewsexpressed
      November 25, 2018

      This government under this failed corrupted leadership is exceedingly dangerous, immature, converses poorly, illiterate to the mechanisms and protocol of socio-economic development and have destroyed our nature isle and returned us to the dark old ages of long ago. This is the weird political Hurricane David era that we are reliving for over 18 years now. We need to return the decency of politics of the DFP Dame Eugenia Charles` Government and the UWP government of Hon Eddison James, short period but many great, good things happened. After 18 years what has inept Skerrit and his failed corrupt Labour government has done for us, and our Domininca. Well, turned our people as beggars, created the Red Clinic at he Foyer of the Financial Centre, where failed immature Skerrit dished out states funds to poor unemployed mothers & fathers etc that he, Skerrit and his failed labour government created. They were hopeless, failed us and killed our industries, but their bank accounts is high.

  11. Questions and answers
    November 23, 2018

    As my name says all I need is honest answers. So I will ask questions and hope you give honest answers because that;s all I am seeking for ok. So I will put a few quotes and I want you to check the ones that should be charged with incitement and which one is pure politics. So here we go:

    1.” Just as Obama smoked out Al-Qaeda out of their holes, so too will the UWPl be smoked out” That statement was made by one of PM Skerrit’s senior attorneys. Did you say is Lawrence?

    2. “Destroy them just as we destroy cockroaches. Did you say is Tony?

    3. “I want to say to you the people of Wesley, if you vote for Linton and UWP the BLOOD of Dominica will be on you.” I know you wont believe but this one was made by PM Skerrit.

    4. ” When you see them (members of the UWP) on the streets, in the supermarket, at a funeral, on a plane or even in their cars, shout out to every single one of them – Traitor! That PM Skerrit

    5. we Can’t hide wanted fugives “Skerrit Must Go” Linton &…

  12. Stubborn Facts
    November 23, 2018

    As I google Israel Khan to get to know who on earth is Skerrits’ Senior Counsel, that is be bent on helping Skerrit destroy our country I was shocked to see that this senior counsel was seen and called a RACIST by senior members of the Trinidad Police force. I was shocked to see that same Israel Counsel was also seen as a hypocrite that was only interested in his pocket like Tony and was a floor crosser, for his political interests. In Trinidad he was fighting for the Opposition to be part of building the country but in Dominica he is helping Skerrit destroy our Opposition in essense destroy our country. This Israel Khan was not highly respected in Trinidad just as Tony here. So when we have these racist working together with Skerrit you know it is in an effort to destroy our country

  13. Less we Forget
    November 23, 2018

    part 3. I hoped you read part 1 &2 to understand the whole matter. So after the peaceful protest of February 7, 2017, senior police officers and the police put a fake story together about what Skerrit referred to as an “attempted coupe”. It must be said here that both the PM and some of the same senior officers were seen with Monfared, a then wanted criminal several times. So on Feb 9, Pm told us UWP planned a coupe against him. Interestingly PM called names of those At about 6:20 p.m., Hon. Lennox Linton, Hon. Isaac Joseph, Hon. Ezekiel Bazil and Mr. Ronald Charles requested an audience with Superintendent (Ag.) Matthew Cuffy who spoke with them. You realized he identified Joseph Isaac, who was then Deputy leader of the UWP? Also this ” In all this, the leadership of the UWP and DFP said or did nothing to contain the emotions of their supporters indeed ” https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/politics/address-to-the-nation-by-pm-roosevelt-skerrit/ . But JI and leaders…

  14. Less we forget
    November 23, 2018

    So in part 1 we saw a wanted criminal who was wanted by Interpol was hiding in Da and was a neighbor of Mr. Linton at Morne Daniel That wanted criminal was seen on government vehicles with senior cabinet members, senior police officers and leaders of the DLP. Think of that my people! Yet the PM lied to us a told us that the wanted criminal was a gentleman he wanted us to follow as our example and he was from Malaysia. Turned out is a wanted criminal from IRAN.
    It was that that got Dominicans outraged and we took to the streets on Feb. 7, 2018 to call for and DEMAND the resignation of the PM, for lying to us, for hiding a wanted criminal in DA and for putting our lives in danger because who knows what a wanted criminal can do to our leader and citizens? We had a peaceful protest where Linton, Joseph Isaac, Fontaine and others addressed us. After meeting ended and Linton and others left protestors decided to stay and were provoked by the police until things got very bad. See part 3

  15. Less we forget
    November 23, 2018

    Here is the conclusion of the whole matter: on June 9, 2015, Dno posted this article https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/general/controversy-rages-over-my-dominica-trade-house/. In a nutshell the article was about a matter brought up by talk show host, Angelo Allen, after the website showed government officials in Malaysia. PM responded and told us is a gentleman from Malaysia that loved DA and wanted to help us and suggested we should follow the example of the Malaysian man. Later we found out that unnamed was Aliereza Monfared and he was a wanted criminal from Malaysia that PM wanted us to take as example. On Jan. 26, 2017, Da work up to this which made headline news worldwide http://www.africanewsanalysis.com/dominica-diplomat-arrested-in-billion-dollar-embezzlement-scheme-by-caribbean-news-now-contributor/. After looking at the photos we realized the arrested man was in DA for 6 months, was a friend of the gov’t and police and, was neighbor of Mr. Linton, See part 2

    • viewsexpressed
      November 25, 2018

      Wanted criminals are all associated to this on going weird, Corrupt Bobolistic Labour Government. They have stained the name of our Isle of Beauty and Splendour. This failed, weird, useless Labour government continue to lie and hurt us with their despotic behaviour and we never where our ministers (Prime and Odd) on a daily basis and how much of our states financial resources is being used and or abused on a daily babes. Is the Red Clinic still operational> Are monies still being disturbed by couriers to poor people all over as gifts to vote for this so called PM? We need t know. Where i this so called Auditor…….?…always calling on radio to talk financial gibberish and nonsense and if there are no intellectual Dominicans, but appears to be serving and protecting his master whereas has failed to under his tasks and audit states money, our tax money. What is he doing still employed within the service? Is he protecting this failed no good Prime Mininister, if so, then this is weird

  16. SMH
    November 23, 2018

    Just doing things to make everyone forget about Ross and all the projects that start and never finish…

  17. Shad
    November 23, 2018

    Let Dominicans laugh still. Don’t take back your country and start taking sides. When you all catch yourselves it will be too damn late. Go on still. Skerrit has our money as his own and Lennox have his. What do we have?

  18. Shaka Zulu
    November 23, 2018

    What a bloody shame. In time the true culprits of crimes against the state will be revealed and thiere sentence will be fair and just. Wait and you will see.

  19. NKRUMAH KWAME
    November 23, 2018

    How in God’s name can SC Khan Know that there is an impending election?? And the magistrate allowed him to push his way to this date?

    • %
      November 23, 2018

      Because the whole scheme is steeped in politics.Our court/justice system in non functional.

    • Peeping Tom
      November 23, 2018

      How in God’s name can Lennox Linton know that elections will be held or announced in December 2018??

      Seems like you guys brain fry up whenever Linton speaks.

      • Jonathan Y St Jean
        November 23, 2018

        The council for the “police” mentioned elections in court. Come on man, I Know you are not deaf and blind. Even if you are, the rest of us aren’t

      • Very Concerned
        November 23, 2018

        This administration is just wicked. They are trying to get the opposition out of the way because they said we don’t need an opposition. Can’t you see that?
        This is evil. Destroy and/or send people to jail under the pretext that they violated laws? Total fabrication. People if they can do that to Linton who is just a fragment of our population don’t you see what this wicked government is going to and is already doing to us?
        Look at what is happening in the Grand-bay constituency with their own, Registe!!!! if they don’t like their own who is fronting and taking shit for them you think Skerrit love you. He needs your vote to cover his skin people. Understand what is going on. Game of Chess that will destroy to stay on top

      • Very Concerned
        November 23, 2018

        obviously you will not see; you fail to see; and you refuse to see. He who will not see will feel. It is coming and Skerrit and his whole cabal will soon feel. The clock is ticking ticking ticking. SKERRIT AND HIS CABAL MUST GO.

  20. %
    November 23, 2018

    Skerrit patriots Linton and Fontsine are two soon to be leaders
    Patriot Linton the Prime Minister
    Patriot Fontaine Minister of Finance.
    These two guys are blessed ..You cannot get in the way of the UWP top leaderdhip. You wont succeed.
    Remember whosoever diggeth a pit shall fall in it,shall bury in it too…Time will tell.
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      November 23, 2018

      Zulu, the SC knows of the impending election just like Lennox knows the date of the election. Just listen to Matt on Q95 and you shall know. How does Matt knows the date? So that is no secrete when its you all who keep announcing the date.

    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      November 23, 2018

      Where ever Skerrit GO we will follow, we will follow

      • Me
        November 24, 2018

        Just like the rats followed the pied piper.

  21. Voice of Truth
    November 23, 2018

    As I read this article my heart bleeds because I didn’t believe I would live to see DA become so evil and to make things worse, some of the leaders in the evil plot of Skerrit are fellow Pentecostals like the chief magistrate, Pentecostal pastors and Pentecostal pastors wives. I say that because as stated previously I was born in the Goodwill Pentecostal church, dedicated, baptized and raised under the ministry of Pas. Bell, St. Claire Mitchell, and others. I served in crusaders together with Clint Vital who is now the leader of the DFP and Thompson Fontaine, who is now a member of the UWP, under the captaincy of Pas. Gilbert Cuffy. I am seeing today that these men especially Doc Fontaine is under persecution lead by no one else but our fellow church people which reminds me of David in PS. 69:8 “I am a foreigner to my own family, a stranger to my own mother’s children;” I am hurt because our spiritual fathers are silent while our brothers and sister become enemies of justice.

  22. Hear our cry Lord
    November 23, 2018

    My God what did Linton and Fontaine said or did for Skerrit, the chief magistrate Ms George, Corbet Valarie and their Trinidad attorney want them jailed for incitement for Lord? My God do they forget what Maria did to us just a year ago? Did they forget the very peaceful meeting held by UWP, in February 2017, where no threats, no incitement was made? Do the forget what led to uwp to hold that peaceful meeting in February 2017? Wasn’t it because a wanted fugitive by the name of Alireza Monfared was arrested and upon his arrest he was in possession of Dominica passports and word came that that wanted criminal was in Dominica hiding, with full knowledge and protection of our government and the police? What is wrong with rebuking our government for being involved in hiding a wanted criminal? That’s why Skerrit and the police are hungry for Fontaine and Linton Lord? We have recordings of PM Skerrit calling on his supporters to go after members of the UWP but to the police he no…

  23. Ibo France
    November 23, 2018

    Instead of trying to revitalize the economy and improve the lives of the many unemployed, desperately poor and suffering Dominicans, the government is engaged in political subterfuge to damage the leadership of the UWP to win the soon to be held general elections. These foreign high-priced lawyers representing the government’s allegations are further depleting the coffers of the country. To Dr.² Skerrit and his spineless bodyguards, the total destruction of the opposition is much more important than investing the required energy, efforts and financial resources in the economy to put financially embarrassed people to work. For them, selfish interest trumps poor people’s wellbeing.

  24. Bob Denis
    November 23, 2018

    From Saudi Arabia to Dominica , stifling the oppositions progress seems to be the way to go . Israel Khan, in Trinidad , would in most instances , side with the opposition . This is very troubling , yesterday, every one of the constituents who voted for the charged Dominican politicians should have made their presence felt , a handful says nothing . We have two Jurist with Dominican connection , taking a host of anti- people positions , while representing sitting Gov’ts, in Vonley’ case , as minister of justice in Trinidad under the UNC, lost his post and Judicial license for doing the same thing the DLP is presently doing , silencing the voice of the people. our child hood acquaintance Reggie Amour, is presently doing the very same working for the present Trinidad Gov’t , thousand of Workers facing the breadline in the name of Austerity measures . Ambition tends to make one Morally bankrupt , but true power is usually in the streets , regardless what some may say.

  25. Dominican
    November 23, 2018

    This is FUTILE! we all know the Pm wasting money on nonsense. this week he bringing a christian woman down to sing for DA and his intentions are to destroy people?? he know ain’t nobody was going to take over smh all u bad in DA wi… always remember PM what goes around comes around one way or the other we all know your intention SMFH

  26. RandyX
    November 23, 2018

    Justice in Dominica is only available to those who support Skerrit and his friends but not to the opposition and it’s supporters. Worse even, supporters of the red party even go jail free when they commit a crime. Skerrits Dominica is a Banana Republic for sure. The people need to rise this can’t continue!!

  27. Workers of Iniquity
    November 23, 2018

    It was very clear that Skerrit, Cobette and Valarie were all on a mission to incite violence so they could shoot people. Sometimes I ask myself if the weed did not get our people too calm because in the 70’s and 80’s the police and Skerrit would not be doing the … they doing since DA is small.

  28. Workers of Iniquity
    November 23, 2018

    In order for Dominica to change a few persons MUST go. I say boldly that Roosevelt Skerrit, Charles Angelo Savarine, The Chief Magistrate, That police officer by the name of Corbette, and that other one by the name of Valarie ALL MUST GO!!! ………………

    • Workers of Iniquity
      November 23, 2018

      some people go because they are fired. Some go because they resign, some go because of sickness while some go because the are NO More

  29. Dominican
    November 23, 2018

    It is clearto me that the prosecution, on behalf of the government, is trying to secure a criminal conviction of both Hon. linten andDr. Fontaine to prevent them standing as parliamentary candidates for the next election. Mr. Skerrit’s obviously sees them as serious contenters. I do not believe our laws should be manipulated in this manner.

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