Parliamentary representative for the Roseau North Constituency, Daniel “Danny” Lugay, who has been charged with inciting the murder of attorney Alick Lawrence arising from statements he made at a UWP political meeting in Soufriere in 2014, will reappear in court on April 24, 2015.
Lugay is on bail in the sum of EC$8,000.00 with one surety.
There are reports that Director of Public Prosecution, Evelina Baptiste, has indicated that the matter is “devoid of merit” however the State is going to pursuing it by bringing in a prosecutor from outside Dominica.
Lugay was arrested and charged after stating at the meeting on July 3, 2014 that there are some people who “deserve to die” for keeping Dominica back.
The charge reads in part:
“On the 3rd day of July 2014 at Soufriere Danny Lugay did unlawfully incite the murder of Allick Lawrence by uttering to the people, ‘you know not too long ago we met with the Electoral Commission and I am looking Alick Lawrence in the face, right? And he wouldn’t say a word, you know, and these are the guys that are obstructing electoral reform in Dominica, you know. I have said in a public meeting in Fond Cole if I wasn’t a believer, I would take out some people in Dominica you know. My heart is different and that is why I wouldn’t do it, but it have some people that deserve to die in Dominica. Honestly, when you see the sort of things that they do to keep back Dominica.’”
Lawrence is a member of the Electoral Commission.
One week after making the statements, Lugay apologized and asked for forgiveness.
Joshua Francis and David Bruney are representing Lugay in the matter.