Lawyer Bernard Wiltshire, a former attorney general in the Dominica Labour Party administration, is taking legal action against the police.
Wiltshire was arrested in June 2011 for his alleged involvement in what police described as a passport scam.
He says he was wrongfully arrested, falsely imprisoned and deprived of his liberty.
The attorney told Dominica News Online that he had filled out a passport form for an individual and signed the form without being aware that the man was involved in the alleged passport scam.
According to Wilshire he was victimized, because other lawyers who apparently dealt more extensively with some of those said to have been involved in the scam, were not targeted by the police.
“I feel the police really did not have a justifiable reason to arrest me when they did, and certainly not to keep me in the cell for ten hours,” the former attorney general said.
He was not charged with any offence.
“On merely signing a passport form by mistake, you would arrest the person and imprison them for ten hours’” Wiltshire observed, adding that if the police thought he was involved in the scam they should have had evidence to back those suspicions.
He told DNO that he was not aware of and had nothing to do with the alleged scam.
The attorney says he was clearly victimized “by the police who most probably support the (Dominica Labour Party) government”.
He feels that his rights were trampled on as part of what Bernard Wiltshire describes as standard police procedure of violating the rights of people detained by them.
He is seeking punitive damages but says money is not the issue, he wants “justice, I want the law to clearly say under what circumstances the police can arrest and imprison somebody, and if they do it wrong the laws provide redress”.
He feels the police could have dealt with the matter without arresting him and keeping him locked up for several hours.
He says they didn’t charge him because “clearly they had no grounds to do that”.
Wiltshire said even without being charged his arrest and imprisonment was made known to the news media and broadcast at large, subjecting the former attorney general to humiliation and disgrace.
“I was very unjustly treated, I was very unfairly treated,” Wiltshire told DNO.
Click on the link below to hear Bernard Wiltshire’s interview with DNO’s Ken Richards on the lawsuit matter: