Senior Counsel Tony Astaphan, the lead attorney for the Dominica Labour Party in a dual citizenship case, has expressed frustration over the postponement of the matter in court.
The claims of dual citizenship against Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Education minister Petter Saint Jean were among five election petitions brought to the courts by the United Workers Party (UWP) last year following the December 18, 2009 general elections.
The matter was set before the court today, but it is now set to return to court on March 10 and March 16 after lawyers for the Opposition United Workers Party requested suspension to further review submissions filed by DLP lawyers.
After today’s court appearance, Astaphan said his team was very frustrated with the delay.
He said Prime Minister Skerrit expressed great frustration about the adjournment of his case but “he was very happy that we did not consent to this application and I think it’s important that we did not consent to this application. We did not oppose it either…but we did not consent,” Astaphan noted, making it clear it was the UWP’s side who requested a postponement of the case.
“We are very frustrated indeed, we’ve been ready for this for a very long time; we are as thoroughly prepared as we can get. We have filed the necessary papers that we require to be filed,” Astaphan emphasized.
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