PM Skerrit’s attorneys serve Linton with court papers

Linton (left), Astaphan

Attorneys representing Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, have made good their promise to begin legal proceedings against Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton for alleged statements made against Skerrit.

Linton was served with court papers on Thursday, Senior Counsel Tony Astaphan told state-owned DBS Radio. Next in line will be Thomson Fontaine and Gabriel Christian, while talk show host Matt Peltier will be considered.

Earlier this week, Astaphan said such action will be taken because allegations are being made about Skerrit being involved in the selling of passports, the stealing of money and he is being investigated by the US State Department.

He said it was an inevitability.

“The Prime Minister has repeatedly been denying these allegations,” he noted. “And has repeatedly demanded that the opposition stop the rumor-mongering and scandal-mongering and present the evidence or whatever evidence it is that they have to support their allegations that the Prime Minister and others in his government have been selling diplomatic passports. They have not done so, they have not been able to produce any evidence.”

He said Linton has been asked to produce evidence of the allegations but he and Thomson Fontaine, Gabriel Christian and “this American part of the group” have continued “the scandal-mongering.”

“And the Prime Minister felt that it was time for him to act to protect the integrity of the country, to protect the integrity of the CBI (Citizenship by Investment Program) and to protect his reputation, that of his cabinet and government,” Astaphan stated.

He stated that legal action against Fontaine and Christian is in the pipeline.

“Fontaine and Gabriel Christian will be next,” he noted. “Let there be no questions about it. The Prime Minister has taken this extremely seriously. He has tried his very best through national addresses and public addresses to deal with these matters and the rumor-mongering on Q95 has continued…”

Astaphan explained that talk show host Matt Peltier will also be considered for legal action.

“And of course rest assured too that Matt Peltier is also going to be considered as a subject target for proceedings being instituted against him a well,” he said.

He added, “If a responsible opposition or an opposition who is supposed to be responsible are not prepared to provide the evidence but are insisting on scandal-mongering and threatening the peace and good governance of our country through threats of civil violence and others, then the Prime Minister and the government will have to act.”

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  1. Doc. Love
    February 6, 2017

    Tony Astaphan said on radio today, he intends to sue Matt Peltier. I would like to ask Tony, how is he going to explain to his God son that he is going to sue his father. What if his father loses the case, will he be taking up the responsibility to assist his God son financially and otherwise.

  2. February 5, 2017

    I am sick and tired of all this crap, it is time for these men to stop this foolishness and get on with the peoples business. Dominicans will not benefit from this tug of war except the Lawyers who drag these matters to court. Let me make it clear to Mr Skerrit and my School mate Lennox that is not what the voters that is not what the voters voted you in office to do. Stop the pussy footing and get on with the business of the people.

  3. Lol
    February 5, 2017

    This is just pure rubbish as usual from tony Asssssstaphan and this corrupt regime headed by roosevelt skerrit. It’s time to go…..

  4. The Eel
    February 5, 2017

    JERRY SINCLAIR! Why am I the only one to notice how beautiful the world is?.All the way from London, Your Lawyer friend CODE OF PRACTICE READ AS FOLLOWS: Trust no one, Believe no one AND DON’T GET INVOLVED. Is he still your friend or should he face the BARR FOR MAL PRATICE.Another ex student of DODD

  5. The Truth Be Told (Original)
    February 4, 2017

    The power of the tongue could be dangerous and got them in trouble.
    Those who look for trouble will find it and will pay for it.
    Those who are genuine followers of Our Lord Jesus Christ are peaceful people.
    Seek peace and it will follow you. You will not get yourself into such trouble.

  6. Jack the old man
    February 4, 2017

    Mr. Skerrit this is just my opinion, I personally like your vision of how hard you and your staff are working to improve Dominica, and Dominicans life. Some may hate you. However, you are the Prime minister and well respected around the world. Politics is the worst trade in the working hostility of the world, and most of the time your opposition is your worst enemy. Some times you have to ignore such people. I think you should try to take a different approach toward your opposition. At the 2016 election campaign in America I come to believe that good people name suffer through lies and deceptions from their opposition, everything your opposition say about you that’s not true is a testimony against the when re-election comes, let your opposition hang themselves.

  7. The Eel
    February 4, 2017

    All these hateful,spiteful and jealousy comments are not call for, let the law take it’s course. You have good and long memories, so you should remember when ,where and why it all started, because he tried to get crab back out of the country and get caught, what was the contents, he should have been arrested then. It is vital that this case reach before the court so that he must reveal his contacts. you are lucky you have a country to run to so, what is your problem. There are no vacancy for a prime minister the post is already filled. got it

  8. Me
    February 4, 2017

    Severin mcKenzie should diversify into sue paper.. That would appear to be a far more profitable business in Dominica. You can use the loo paper after you get your sue paper or use the latter for the same purpose!

  9. jerry sinclair
    February 4, 2017

    Something very important is afoot wait and see

  10. Reasoning
    February 3, 2017

    Mr.Linton might as well thrash this down one of prime mistake scarit pit latrines,cause ass-a-fan and his illegal court will no longer be!!! We are removing the rogues posing as government together with their court,!!!

  11. Ideal
    February 3, 2017

    Tony and Skerrit alu want money go ahead and sue Lennox, we all will pay for him, we have his back. We Dominicans have enough and if we have to bring down FBI or CIA or Interpol to testify we will do so. They will bring all the evidence we need.

  12. Marcus Hill
    February 3, 2017

    Tony will be the first one to abandon Skerrit!! Mark my words.

  13. Colonel Skerrit Must Resign Now!
    February 3, 2017

    Dominicans, you are missing the plot/ strategy here.

    When proceedings have started, the court can be petitioned to issue a gag order on the parties concerned and also for press reportings.

    Guaranteed that the prosecutors will be seeking that as it will ensure that the heat is off Colonel Skerrit for a little while and that the most vociferous actors are muted permanently. That is because judges can be lobbied (as in the GON Emanuel case) so that the case is stayed and stayed and stayed.

    It is time for Dominicans to reject this kind of suppression and vote with their feet and refuse to co-operate with anything to do with the corrupt regime. With peaceful nil-cooperation, the regime is totally neutered and must give way.

    Be strong, or be sheep and ripped off for the rest of your lives.

    February 3, 2017

    All those talking about 1979 May well rename it 2017! February 7th may well be a PURPLE DAY. When you mix BLUE and RED and there is MORE RED than blue you get PURPLE… Food for thought!

  15. Rapist Ministers
    February 3, 2017

    What happened to the rapist Minister case?

  16. Doc. Love
    February 3, 2017

    I am totally convinced, Tony wants to see the downfall of Skeritt. It is about time Skeritt comes to his senses and fire Tony as his advisor. The advice to arrest the Doctor, was a grave mistake. Tony should have advised him accordingly. It was Tony who said to Mr. Linton, after the thirty second interview with CBS, “you are a despicable man, a pathological man and unpatriotic. Absolute disqualified to represent any single human being in this land, or any life form whether in the form of a horse, a donkey, or a DOG.” He went on further, “a saboteur of the CBI program, a traitor, you deliberately suppressed facts that you know to be true.” Having said all that about Mr. Linton, it is expected, he will also take legal action, thus bringing an unending legal situation. While all these legal mombo jumbo are going on, it is the name of Dominica that will be tarnished. Already their are legal actions against Linton and Fontaine. It is time for Dominica to be great again.

  17. CIA Agent
    February 3, 2017

    The detrimental effects of frivolous and vaxatious litigation on the courts and individuals necessarily gives
    rise to a wider, negative, impact on society as a whole through weakening the court’s ability to
    properly administer justice. It is not an exaggeration to say that ultimately vexatious litigation, by
    posing such a threat to the proper administration of justice, tends to undermine the rule of law.

  18. Expat
    February 3, 2017

    Now is the perfect opportunity for Lintom to put up or shut up. This is democracy at work; when matters can be taken to court to be resolved. No more hiding behind the microphone. If Linton is resolute then he should have nothing to fear but I suspect in the end there might be a judgement in the millions of dollars for someone to pay and I wonder who will be that unfortunate person.

  19. Music Producer
    February 3, 2017

    Why does Linton not use his power as opposition leader and have his legal council fight for him? Linton aint serious enough. Linton has the people behind him, where is his legal team to fight those legal battles? ..That ……… don’t make sense.

  20. Tj
    February 3, 2017

    Stay strong Dr. Christian! Every dog has his day. Make your self ready to leave office Mr. Skeritt

  21. time has told
    February 3, 2017

    sueing them doesnt protect the integrity of the country. it doesnt deny what people already think about us as island. How do you think jamaicans view us now since the tommy lee issue? now this? they will see us as fools and not worth their time despite how beautiful the land is.

    February 3, 2017

    Our PM shall and will not be moved!

    • Observing
      February 3, 2017

      Of course, god

    • Tjebe fort
      February 3, 2017

      Kid, you don’t feel the earth move today? It was a sign to remind us that even mountains can and will move, even your blessed P.M. can not control that. .

    • I agree
      February 3, 2017

      I agree with you Kid !!

    • concern citizen
      February 3, 2017

      Because his GRAND mother left D/CA for him, so that gave him a very healthy PATRIMONY, GO SKERO GO WHO LAUGH LAST LAUGH THE BEST

  23. Dave Bertrand
    February 3, 2017

    Tony Astaphans just keep on milking the cow. How much El Supremo has to deposit to begin legal procedure. Yes Skerrit keep on fattening Tony’s pocket.

  24. FamilarSpirit
    February 3, 2017

    I am fedup of these ‘familiar spirits’ and familiar stories.Take a look;

    1. In October 2007, Skerrit and his legal team sued Journalist Matt Peltier – For Asking How He Became A Millionaire On A Public Servant’s Salary. The result: A secret agreement in Nov. 2010.

    2. In 2014, Skerrit, 17 ministers, and legal sued Linton in alleged “rapist ministers” matter. The result: Somebody still hiding the case from going forward. However, since that law suite, a minister resigned for alleged child sexual abuse.

    3. In 2011, Skerrit and his legal team sued Thompson Fontaine for alleged sale of passport matter. Result: Some rats must be eating court documents as case not calling. However, since then we heard of the arrest of the following persons all with a Dominica passport: NG Lap Seng, Francesco Corrallo, Ms Alison-Madueke and Iranian businessman Alireza Zibahalat Monfared, just to name a few
    4. Tommy Lee Sparta sues government for US$3 million Result: TLS won big time! So familiar…

    • Dante Jones
      February 3, 2017

      The next one is when the US comes out with their case for the diplomatic passports scandal. Then we will know everything. I really hope that won’t be the case because I know it will be bad for our country but given how these events have played out in the past it seems like the most logical conclusion

    • time has told
      February 3, 2017

      The AG swears that tommy lee was never paid anything.

  25. February 3, 2017

    Skerrit is not realizing that Tony is sticking besides him to make sure he gets a salary monthly.Tony ,no matter what you do we will stand up for our right

  26. Jon Jones
    February 3, 2017

    We have to remember that Astaphan, boring as he has now become, is a paid goon as Government spokesman, not an elected member. No doubt he is being handsomely rewarded unless his services are in lieu. The Government itself, including Skerritt, is mute in its own defence of their practices and policies.
    There is no rocket science that needs to be applied here just basic logic or common sense.
    Dominica has a small population, no industry or resources to sustain its economy. Therefore, how is it that its ministers can create such wealth for themselves without comparative wealth in the local economy? Alongside this a blatant lack of financial transparency, a
    The only resource of value is the CBI and that is clearly where the least transparency is. Unless our ministers have a mystery benefactor, everything else is smoke and mirrors. Follow the money to…

    • %
      February 3, 2017

      He is not just boring but I suspect that he is treated with dirision,by many people now,with his lawsuit talk..NONSENSE!

  27. This is another frivolous law suit, another distraction from his corrupted behavior: I reiterate Skerrit’s own words spoken about October, November 2016 when he said ” my schedule will be very hectic (busy) selling passports! We have his written words written on your site DNO.

    Once written, it remains somewhere on the Internet it never goes away! It is only in Dominica the same lawyer can sue the same person multiple times. In the developed world such lawyers would be disciplined for filing too many frivolous laws suit.

    Only in Dominica!

    • @francisco
      February 3, 2017

      Francisco go and find hard work for you to. Is either you spend time on DNO all day long and stealing valuable hours from your employee or you a bored disgruntled old man with nothing to do in your spare time. GEEZ!!!!

      • Do you know the meaning of the word esquire?

        Well, I am in that category,: I am one who want nothing from anyone, I have all that I need in this life. I can stay on DNO non-stop for a year, I will neither loose nor want for anything. Mind your business you little rat. I am on DNO because I have all the time in the world to be here.

        While I am hear my investments make money for me. I make more money in one night, while I am asleep then you can make in five years of your miserable life!

    • “In the developed world such lawyers would be disciplined for filing too many frivolous laws suit.”

      In any event the legal term is Sanctioned (sanction). And that means the detriment, loss of reward, or coercive intervention annexed to a violation of a law as a means of enforcing the law.

      Any attorney will know how to interpret that; it also impels to moral actions or determines moral judgment. There are other ramification which could lead to getting disbarred from practicing law!

  28. February 3, 2017

    This is so laughable, as far as my colleagues who are in law enforcement is saying after we heard of the arrest of the Physician and now hearing of the letter to the Opposition Leader of the Commonwealth of Dominica, this so called Senior Councilor and Advisor s to the Prime Minister of Dominica is, and is steering up a Civil War in the Commonwealth of Dominica, what they need to know is that the other members States of the Commonwealth are taking note and following these developing events with great interest. This SC Astaphan Guy need to know that what he is agitating in Dominica will not fall on death ears, the policeneed to know that the Police Force of The Commonwealth of Dominica is not a Military Police Force, I say to them time will tell, just a matter of time, and to the Senior Counselor we are also reading and following your Verbal Diarrhea and your re bottling of all your blogs, you are Dominica’s worse nightmare/enemy and just of time for the long rope is coming to it’s…

    • The Truth Be Told (Original)
      February 4, 2017

      We know whose side you are on.
      So, they must be allowed with this smear campaign and lack of respect? People must pay for their careless words and for tarnishing the good name of another.
      Birds of a feather flock together. Their attitude is to bring down the government and contribute to chaos in the land.

  29. Shameless
    February 3, 2017

    Hold strong fellas we have your back. They can do what they want but will NOT stop the change train headed for Upper Kennedy Avenue. Skerrit and his goons must go before they turn Waitukubuli into the second Zimbabwe. Enough is enough. :twisted: :twisted:

    Assertive and ready for the sacrifice! :twisted: :twisted:

  30. papa
    February 3, 2017

    Alas all I see in da is children in pampers leading a country pray for us

    • The Truth Be Told (Original)
      February 4, 2017

      You need eye glasses. See an optometrist as soon as possible.

    February 3, 2017

    But Tony all you joking man. You think by threatening Hon. Linton, Mr. Fontaine, Dr.Sam Christian and Dr. Dr. Gabriel Christian you and your cabal will get away. The movement is much bigger than the few you have threatened, and you all cannot stop it! It’s a powerful movement that will act and stand in the best interest of Dominica and you all CANNOT STOP IT! We have been well educated by Q, for 10 long years, with Angelo as our principal teacher. You after little Matt and you not serving Angelo that breaking all the news on Sunday and Tuesday? Why you so scared of Angelo? Skerrit went to India for a week-end and came back with a doctorate, I guess in the studies of corruption and, we the over 10,000 that are being taught by our doctors for 10 years you think you can stop? I wish you knew the good plans that are ahead for Dominica. You all can’t stop it ok. Just take it in your pipe and smoke it!

    • I wonder how good a teacher Governor: That is what we call Angelo when we grew up in Wesley! I listen to that boy sometimes and simply laugh!

      Governor! I called his show one day and because king governor did not like my comments in reference to the geothermal plant: he asks me are you that guy who write all those things on DNO, and hung up the phone on me. I don’t think he is a very good teacher though, in politics it just about anything goes! Sometimes being at the right place at the right time can indeed make a difference our life!

      And Governor boy if you are reading this; I am the one called Son Fu Ma john! Glad you are alive and kicking so do I!


    • St joe massive
      February 3, 2017

      FBI stop talking horse manure pm came by the ballot he will leave by the ballot that have u guys sick u and I both know uwp don’t stand a chance in god world

  32. CIA on the watch
    February 3, 2017

    He needs to shub these papers up

  33. %
    February 3, 2017

    To protect the integrity of theCBI?????Skerrit had a golden opportunity to do so on CBS 60minutes,HE WENT TO HIDE!!This CBI is a mess with no accountability,no transparency…INTEGRITY MY FOOT!

  34. Erasmus B. Black
    February 3, 2017

    The documentary “A Day In The Life Of A Dictator” can be viewed free on YouTube. It focuses on 3 notorious dictators: Stalin, Idi Amin, and Gadaffi. It explores their arrogance and how they used their attorneys to abuse the court system to bully people and silence their opponents and in some cases filing lawsuits that cost millions of dollars to those opponents. This is the same tactic that dictators are continuing to use to frighten opponents and hold on to power.

    Some day the dam will burst and the water will flood the gardens of the same folks who are trying to restrain it.

    • Jon Jones
      February 3, 2017

      I have seen those parallells coming in Skerritt ages ago but I had seen the documentary too as well as others, including about the Duvaliers in Haiti

  35. %
    February 3, 2017

    Tony if you a bright guy,you would know by now the scare tactics will not SHUT up anyone of the individuals mentioned…I have never known these guys to be cowards…!!! I LOVE PROFUSELY,all of them!

  36. jerry sinclair
    February 3, 2017

    > This Astaphan affair, I talked it over with a lawyer friend of mine in the UK this is what he noted.
    > 1. That by not taking to court Mr Kenneth Rijok Astaphan is defying the basis of true law, he went on to say that this Astaphan character is losing it if he continues with that course of action.
    > 2. The second point he mentioned was that his action at present opens the floodgates for any person or group to state anything they wish to about the hapless PM Skerrit whether it is based on fact or not. provided it is said in a different country, which is utter foolishness those were his words
    > 3 In such a law suit money should not be the barrier or used an an excuse only to sue Mr Linton. If Mr Skerrit is not culpable in any way whatsoever and proven beyond Shadow of doubt to be absolutely blameless then any and all costs would be borne by the defendant. and compensation to the victim IE Skerrit would be set by the court. to be satisfied by the defendant.
    > 4. If…

    • Jon Jones
      February 3, 2017

      Astaphan thinks his interpretation of law negates any other power on earth….especially in Dominica

    • Expat
      February 3, 2017

      @Jerry Sinclair or whoever you are . You do not make any sense. Whenever you write something or you make a statement you need to proif read it ; check it for any mistkes, be it grammar, punctuation etc. You had me lost on several occasions but I tried my best to make sense of you post. Tony said that the reason Mr. Rijok is not being sued is because he is not in Dominica and that it will cost a lot of money. Tell Mr. Rijok to come to Dominica and say what he said then it will be a different story. As far as Linton is concerned, he got what he was asking for. Now is the time for him to prove to Dominica and his supporters whether he can back up his claims.

  37. Cathy
    February 3, 2017

    Why isn’t Skerrit taking Rijock to court? Lennox just repeated what Rijock said. Skerrit and his lawyers should let basic commonsence prevail. Lennox is laughing at you all the time. I am disappointed in the party I have voted. I do not even feel comfortable calling the party’s name because It hurts my heart to see how quick my vote is going down the drain. I must say I cannot continue supporting those lies that are much too obvious because, it is against my conscience to spend all those years and money educating myself and to be fooled all the time. I am sorry Honourable Skerrit but I cannot continue to support you.

    • time has told
      February 3, 2017

      Cathy you voted for these people ? why ? I hope next time you know better.

    • February 4, 2017

      Astaphan is King of Bluster dress with prestige of being educated as a lawyer and feared by many uninformed law abiding, honest and hardworking citizens on a small Caribbean island. This same Liege Harangue also knows his limit, and understands the consequences to initiate litigation against Kenneth Rijok or for that matter any residing the US.
      Tony Astaphan knows very well, that if he carries out his threat to sue those living the US, the same defendants can counter sue in US courts and forced Tony and Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, to be deposed or testify under oath. Can anyone imagine Skerrit showing up at a US court to testify under oath? To add insult to injury Astaphan owns property in South Florida which can be easily Lien should a US court rule against him.
      Unfortunately for now although innocent, Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton is the whipping boy for the legal bully.

    • February 4, 2017

      Astaphan is King of Bluster dress with prestige of being educated as a lawyer and feared by many uninformed law abiding, honest and hardworking citizens on a small Caribbean island. This same Liege Harangue also knows his limit, and understands the consequences of initiating litigation against Kenneth Rijok or for that matter any one residing in the US.
      Tony Astaphan knows very well, that if he carries out his threat to sue those living in the US, the same defendants can counter-sue in US courts and forced Tony and Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, to be deposed or testify under oath. Can anyone imagine Skerrit showing up at a US court to testify under oath? To add insult to injury Astaphan owns property in South Florida which can be easily Lien should a US court rule against him.
      Unfortunately for now although innocent, Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton is the whipping boy for the legal bully.

  38. The Eel
    February 3, 2017

    Tony is smiling meaning I got my man atlass.Linton bow down his head in shame. Honest people always seek the truth. In court he will have to reveal his sources and answer and me alone. If pm is found guilty so be it.And if Linton cannot prove his case LIBEL COULD BE ANY AMOUNT the sky is the limit. Easy Loans! $300 every calendar month. WE WANT SKERRIT,WE WANT SKERRIT,WE WANT SKERRIT.

  39. weh
    February 3, 2017

    It seems that criticizing Mr Mugabe is now illegal.

  40. Concerned
    February 3, 2017

    Alas Dominica alas Dominica, one day you will be freed from the wrath of this PM and the puppets. the evidence is in the international arena and still lies lies and more lies

    • @concerned
      February 3, 2017

      One day we will be freed Lazy Lennox and his followers.

  41. Stupes !
    February 3, 2017

    Anytime you question the status quo you attack the conspiracy theory.
    the truth will reveal itself one way or the order.
    it is just a matter of time :idea: :roll: :idea:

    February 3, 2017

    hmmm. well now we can bring out the mano u follow evidence to show where millions go

    • Anonymous
      February 3, 2017

      yes, when will that case finally be allowed to go to court for mr. Emannuel to file his charges agains Skerrit bossom pal lawyer.. This approach to justice is criminal in our country.

  43. DT.
    February 3, 2017

    Stop the roro Astaphan

  44. Awa
    February 3, 2017

    That’s what dictators do. They arrest their opposition.

  45. Linton is lucky
    February 3, 2017

    It could have been much worse, he could have been arrested like Christian!

  46. Voice of The South
    February 3, 2017

    It’s about time! Enough is enough – time for Lennox and his crew to put up or shut up! They are so hungry for power that they are willing to do and say anything.

    • @voice of the south
      February 3, 2017

      I agree…PUT DEM IN PRISON NUH!!!….SHUCKS MAN!!….FEDUP of those guys talking…lying…disrupting…people so busy and have work to do and to be continuously side tracked by the ………………GEEEZ!!!

    • Me
      February 3, 2017

      Careful Voice, take it easy or you may get Justina to slobber a kiss on you!

  47. Faceup
    February 3, 2017

    Maryland is a step from Capital Hill.. Come sue.

      February 3, 2017

      christian, even if in the US is not above the law and is not untouchable; we will get him. why hasnt he been coming to DA. he is a smart man. all the papers he has will not stop trump from putting him down under his feet

      • time has told
        February 3, 2017

        You sound dumb. what crimes gabriel committed here? i used to think that freedom of speech was exactly that, you are free to speak. so if i say what i feel about the PM when im in another country you will want to arrest me for that? a little girl you be man ? boy come out there with your maji eh.

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