The legal team representing Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Parliamentary Representative for La Plaine Petter Saint Jean in a much talked about dual citizenship matter, has said that it will be ready for whatever judgment is handed down by the courts on January 10, 2012.
Lead counsel for Saint Jean and Skerrit, Anthony Astaphan, said at a press conference recently that his team is currently preparing an appeal in the event that things do not go in their favor.
“We have prepared and we will be preparing if the inevitable is that we don’t win, we will be preparing a notice of appeal and an application for stay of execution before the 10th. In fact we’ve started working on it already,” he said.
He further stated, “Only a fool will go in there thinking he’s going to win a fight without taking precaution that he might lose. We are not taking the court for granted. We are not taking anything for granted. We are saying nothing except what the issues were, that there was no evidence the prime minister applied for, had, or used a passport at all in the case. That gives us confidence that we’re going to win. But we are taking precautions in the event that we don’t.”
The United Workers Party (UWP) claimed through election petitions, that Skerrit and Saint Jean contested the December 18, 2009 general elections holding both Dominican and French citizenship, a matter not in line with Dominican law.
The UWP has also expressed confidence in their case.