Public Relations Coordinator of the United Workers Party Mr Dave Bruney is expected to be in the hot seat today as he testifies in the dual citizenship case involving Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Education Minister Petter St. Jean.
The matter was suspended on Friday with the approach of Tropical Storm Maria.
The United Workers Party (UWP) is challenging the results of the 2009 election of Skerrit and St. Jean on the grounds that they were dual citizens at that time.
The trial got underway on September 5 and the petitioners were dealt a severe blow on September7 when Justice Gertel Thom ruled Skerrit and St. Jean would not be required to give evidence in the trial. Despite this the petitioners remained confident and said their case was a strong one.
Ron Green, Political Leader of the UWP and Edison James, President of the party, have been the only witnesses called to testify so far for the petitioners.
In giving testimony Green said he he obtained American citizenship as a 17-year-old but by his own act obtained an American passport as an adult.He said 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.
He admitted that he was a US citizen at the time of the 2009 nomination and he knew he possessed dual citizenship in the 1995, 2000, and 2005 general elections.
Under cross examination James admitted to having told the public about Skerritt’s French citizenship at meetings during the election campaign, but conceded that, even then, no reference had been made using the word ‘passport’. He also said he knew Green was a US citizen but had always considered him a Dominican.