Astaphan responds to Gabriel Christian

Tony Astaphan

Gabriel,

I called Linton a traitor to his country because he lied to the world about the CBI and the allegations in relation to diplomatic passports. Linton gave credence to Kroft’s foolishness that the CBI functions like a mail order transaction. 

Following this 60 Minutes event, the Prime Minister delivered an address to the Nation. He said among other things

‘The campaign itself and some of its  main actors, were not by and in themselves, a major surprise. We have in the past experienced attack after attack from members of the United Workers Party who we believe work for, or have common interests with persons like Chris Kalin of Henley and Partners. It was former Prime Minister Denzil Douglas who told us that Edison James approached him as a salesman on behalf of Henley and Partners. It is not in dispute that Lennox Linton travelled with him several times. Chris Kalin of Henley and Partners has never been disposed to Dominica, ever since the election of a Dominica Labour Party administration in 2000 and our subsequent refusal to hire them as the exclusive agent for our citizenship by investment programme.

Indeed, you will recall that I have outlined to you before, the close relationship between Henley & Partners and the Leader of the Opposition and the United Workers Party. They or persons  introduced by them were major financiers of the UWP in the 2005 and 2009  elections. Indeed, I strongly believe  their machinations may have  led to the ascension to leadership of the UWP, by Mr. Lennox Linton.

I do not wish to speculate as to whether the program idea was that of CBS or Henley and Partners, but, at this point it really does not matter. I think that Chris Kalin and Linton grabbed  the opportunity to convey the negative messages, images and impression of our countries to the world.  ….

We have explained ad nauseum how the CBI Programme works and Linton is more than aware of that. Let me once again, stress that the CBI Programme is governed by legislation, and persons seeking citizenship of Dominica under the CBI have to undergo a most rigorous, yet transparent, due diligence exercise, that involves criminal, character and ethics checks, by international law enforcement agencies and authorities and due diligence agencies.

While it is no longer mandatory for face to face interviews to be done, it may be required if deemed necessary. Once due diligence reports are received, a committee of Government officials, review all of the documentation before recommending the granting of citizenship. If there is any doubt or concern, further questions or vetting will take place. In no instance is citizenship granted to any one, if the due diligence checks do not pass muster. 

  Ladies and Gentlemen, quite simply, Lennox Linton, with the whole world watching, had a choice to make. He could have come down on the side of Dominica, or he could have sided with those who wish to see the demise of the Dominica CBI Program for their own selfish reasons. Which side did he choose? Certainly, not Dominica’s!’

In relation to the diplomatic passports the Prime Minister said

‘‘Let me turn now to the issue of diplomatic passports. We have said more than once that diplomatic passports are not sold under the CBI Programme or otherwise. We categorically refute the allegation that diplomatic passports are being sold by this Government as alleged or at all. It is regrettable that even in the face of constant denial and complete lack of any evidence that Mr. Linton would persist and insist on repeating his lies that such a practice exists. .

Parliamentarian Linton spoke on Sunday about the alleged sale of diplomatic passports to three individuals in particular. I wish now to address each of these allegations.

First off, it was said that Bahamian Rudolph King had been issued a Diplomatic passport and appointed Ambassador to Bahrain. Ladies and Gentlemen…that is a lie!

Rudolph King never applied for or was ever granted a passport of any sort, whether service, official or diplomatic, by the government of Dominica.

Rudolph King was never appointed ambassador to Bahrain.

The Government of Dominica has refuted this allegation by Linton on several occasions over the past 12 years, yet he persists in repeating it. This time, on international television.

I call on Lennox Linton one more time, to put up or shut up! To Lennox Linton I say – Provide evidence of Rudolph King having been issued a Dominica passport or having been appointed Ambassador to Bahrain. If you cannot do this, then do the decent thing and apologize to the people of Dominica!

Secondly, Linton claims that attempts were made to appoint Francisco Corallo to the FAO, while he was on an international crime watch list. This again, is a lie. 

In June of 2011, the Government of Dominica wrote to the Italian government requesting a no-objection to the appointment of Corallo as its representative to the FAO. The Italian government was concerned in about October/ November 2011 that Corallo had considerable business interests in Italy, and was not comfortable agreeing to him becoming a Diplomat at the FAO. That was the right of the Italian Government to do, and this put an end  to the matter. 

At this time Corallo was recognized as a successful business man, and  was  at this time, given in 2011, a  clean bill of health by the Ministry of the Interior and Foreign Affairs of Italy. .

It was almost  a full year later that reports surfaced of Corallo’s name appearing on an international watch list. By this time, the pursuit of his appointment had already ended, because of  Italy’s concern about his expansive business operations in that country. The Italian authorities never once made reference to any concerns about his integrity, alleged criminal background or watch list. .

So it was false and malicious of Lennox Linton to give the impression that at the time of the Government’s request for Italy’s consent to his appointment, Corallo was on an international watch list. That was simply not true.  The facts, as made public before, clearly shows that the correspondence to Italy was dispatched in June 2011, and Corallo’s name first appeared on an international watch list in late 2012. Incidentally, Corallo has to date not been convicted of any major crime, as suggested by the program on Sunday. So that is lie No. 2!

The third person of interest named by Linton on Sunday was Diezani Alison- Madueke, a former Head of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries and senior Minister of the Government of Nigeria. Alison-Madueke was also The recipient of Forbes Magazine’s Best of Africa Award In leadership. This is the sterling record which Alison-Madueke had when I  invited her to serve as a voice and face of Dominica in Africa, a continent that lies untapped to most countries in the region.

It was some time after I spoke to Alison-Maduake that she was approached by British authorities and detained for questioning in the United Kingdom. She has up to this day, not been charged with any crime and is not wanted by any country. She currently resides in London, England, a free woman. However, when the news broke of her detention, the Government of Dominica voiced its concerns publicly and made clear that its association with Alison-Madueke was suspended until such time as she was cleared of all suspicion of wrong doing.

As I said earlier, to date no charges have been brought, but still the Government of Dominica has no connection with the former international figure, based on the concerns as expressed back then by the British authorities.’

The Prime Minister was clear, no sales and  no criminal on the run was given any appointment or passport.

Mr Sam Raphael, who ran as an independent against the Government some years ago,  went on Q 95 and told the Nation that the 60 Minutes program was a hit job. He added that he was interviewed by CBS’s staffers who were not interested in what he was saying because he was not eating their slosh when Linton swallowed with cool-aid.  He also said or implied that Linton’s portrayal of the CBI was false. Linton and his Cabal went for Sam’s throat.

Mr Gregor Nassief, another successful and independent citizen, condemned Linton. Mr Nassief repudiated three of Linton’s many lies frontally.  He wrote

‘ACT #1: Mail order is the buying of goods or services by mail delivery. The buyer places an order for the desired products with the merchant through some remote method such as through a telephone call or web site. Then, the products are delivered to the customer.  Acquiring Citizenship to Dominica is nothing like mail order.  Amazon.com or any mail order company does not conduct an extensive due diligence on the buyer before agreeing to sell. Such due diligences are thorough and pick up every material detail on the applicant’s past.  The requirement for a “ face to face” interview was removed to remain competitive in the market place as other jurisdictions first abolished this and can only be justified on the merits of the integrity and robustness of the due diligence process.  The steps in the process are available on line: http://cbiu.gov.dm/citizenship/how-to-apply/  To suggest the two processes are similar is intentionally misleading and damages the destination and its CBI program. ;.

FACT:…. BUT there is absolutely no evidence that the public is aware of that “we are selling passports to criminals” and that these diplomatic passports are being sold for cash under the table.  The Government has also stated categorically and repeatedly that Rudolph King was never appointed ambassador to Bahrain and has never held a Dominica passport. This was the most damaging aspect of your presentation on 60 minutes and you have provided absolutely no proof of these assertions.  It is telling that you would discuss the details of diplomatic passports on a 60 minutes program focussed on CBI knowing full well that one has nothing to do with the other.  Your intent to further your agenda at the expense of the country’s reputation for political gain is clear…

FACT: FACT: Again, there is no evidence of “under the table trading”.  That is your speculation.  ’

 

Henley & Partners in their press release of the 12th January 2017 confirmed Linton’s misrepresentation of the CBI programs.  They said

‘Caribbean Citizenship-by-Investment Programs

Following a report broadcast on the 60 minutes television program in the US, Henley & Partners, the globally leading firm in citizenship by investment, is concerned about the one-sided image that the report paints of Caribbean Citizenship-by-Investment (CBI) programs.

Henley & Partners has been involved in the region for over 20 years and has worked with all Caribbean CBI programs to date. While every program is exposed to certain risks and challenges, the firm is of the view that today, the Caribbean citizenship programs are generally very well run and do not pose a security threat as was suggested in the TV program.

……….

Dr. Christian H. Kalin, a specialist in immigration and citizenship law and policy and the Chairman of Henley & Partners, who was also interviewed on the TV program, says that what was stated in the program also regarding security risks is inaccurate and does not reflect the current reality. Kalin states: “Of course there is always room for improvement, but generally speaking the Caribbean has well governed and secure programmes. The alleged sale of diplomatic passports is an entirely different matter and lies outside the scope of Citizenship-by-Investment programs. I believe that major countries such as the US actually recognize those facts and will continue to work with the Caribbean governments to further strengthen the measures already in place. No Caribbean government is interested in having their CIP cause a problem to the international community.”

Kalin continues: “It is important also to realize that Citizenship-by-Investment programs have played and continue to play an important part in attracting much needed foreign direct investment in the Caribbean. The programs are therefore of vital economic interest in the region and have helped several economies, notably St Kitts and Nevis, Dominica as well as Antigua and Barbuda, to sustain sufficient capital inflows during economically challenging periods.”

Henley & Partners and its Chairman Dr. Kalin are concerned that only small and selective extracts of Dr. Kalin’s carefully differentiated interview were aired, so that the TV program did not reflect his views comprehensively. The comments that were aired have not properly communicated the context in which he spoke.’

I noticed   you made no mention of the Prime Minister’s numerous.  Yet you swallowed Linton’s   story hook line and sinker. But what I consider disingenuous on your part is the attempt to misrepresent the debate.  We have addressed the issue of diplomatic passports repeatedly. The allegation made by Linton and 60 Minutes is that the Government and no doubt  they implied  the Prime Minister  sold passports to criminal on the run.  This is false. I noted  you did not repeat this allegation. Instead your dressed this pig in a wedding dress when you wrote ‘With regard to Dominica the report also featured the fact that several of our island’s diplomats have been arrested or are persons of ill repute. ‘ While I could challenge the accuracy of your  statement, because it is  not accurate, the fact is that a couple of persons appointed Goodwill Ambassadors have had their appointments revoked by the Government  because of events which have occurred after the fact, and in some cases 2 years or more afterwards.   This has  never been denied by the Government. What has been, and is being, denied is the allegation that the Government and Prime Minister has  sold diplomatic passports under the table. 

Further, Linton has had ample opportunity to provide the evidence of these alleged dodgy sales when interviewed by Huffington Post. The following is an excerpt of this interview

 

‘Q: Why this focus on diplomatic passports?

A.The diplomatic passport selling business is different from the Citizenship by Investment programme. This money is not going into the treasury, it’s going into the pockets of corrupt officials. People are purchasing [diplomatic] passports and diplomatic immunity. Alison [disgraced former Nigerian oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke] bought a diplomatic passport and bought a position. She’s done nothing with that position [of “Trade and Investment Commissioner for Dominica”] that I’m aware of, we didn’t even know about this until five months later [when police in London arrested her]. It was the same with [Francesco] Corallo in Italy, when police came to arrest him, he claimed diplomatic immunity. We only ever learn about who gets our diplomatic passports afterwards, through Google.

The evidence is clear as daylight that our government has been selling diplomatic passports to crooks and criminals.

Q: I haven’t seen any evidence yet. Where is the evidence that money changed hands?

A.Alison [Diezani Alison-Madueke] wound up with a diplomatic passport within six days of meeting [the Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt] Skerrit. The police found millions in cash in Alison’s house. [Embattled Macau billionaire Ng] Lap Seng said in a U.S. court that he got a diplomatic passport because he had promised to invest twenty million dollars in Dominica. The evidence is circumstantial.

Q: Speaking of evidence, the last thing I heard, [UWP member] Thomas Fontaine and the government were taking each other to court over his allegation that suspected terrorist mastermind Dawood Ibrahim had acquired a Dominican passport. Since then, nothing. What’s happening there?

A.The government don’t want this court case to move forward. They have too much to hide.

Q: But where is the evidence that Dawood Ibrahim got a Dominican passport?

A.My understanding is that Thomas Fontaine received a tip-off.’

I am not sure about you, but when a Leader of the Opposition hands up  this level of gossip mongering as his evidence of alleged sales, he must be condemned. And when he goes on the international stage to poison his country’s reputation with more lies or rumourmongering … well you know my position.

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110 Comments

  1. “Linton has done great harm to Dominica and nationals; those same nationals that support Linton. They call people foolish but they are the foolish ones. “The fictitious Multiple Names).

    You that ole woman there; let me tell you something: You all can blame Lennox for anything you all wish; but whether or not CBS spoke with Linton, the damage to Dominica was done when INTERPOL arrested a wanted criminal in Italy who claimed diplomatic immunity, and when International Police ask him which country he represents, he told them Dominica; and showed them his Diplomatic Dominica passport.

    How about that Facts? The Truth Be Told (now original): Tell The Facts; Kid On Block: It is Skerrit and his cabal who for almost twenty years done so much damage to the country, that the country is sinking and they do not know: Their corrupted behavior is what prompt CBS Investigation. You that fake Christian is condoning corruption and thievery!

  2. DomiChina
    January 19, 2017

    Supposedly big men, aged and seemingly mature, just recalling their childhood days.

    I think I said this already, and I am not a ‘UWP-er’ or a ‘Ka-Travai-er’

    If the PM was conducting business to the benefit of all Dominicans with transparency and diligence, maybe there would be no reason for opposition.

    just like death serves as a balance to the planet, so to, does the Opposition Government serves as a balance to the HOA.

    If there was no opposition, although the ruling government acts as if there is none, then we would be in a dictatorship environment, although the country is being run as such.

    I sometimes struggle with the a bible passage recorded – I think is in Jeremiah, where the big ones in society were acting like they were worshipping The Almighty when in truth and in fact they were there doing satanic worship.

    the affairs of the country is not roosevelt skerrits personal affairs, but should be the affairs of the country. Show transparency – everyone will…

  3. The Truth Be Told (Original)
    January 18, 2017

    You UWP’ers are so full of hatred. Are you Christians? You twist and turn everything and are incapable of comprehending the truth. One day you will find out your error.

  4. January 18, 2017

    I BELIEVE LENNOX LINTON OVER TONY ASTAPHAN.

  5. FMJ
    January 18, 2017

    It is interesting that Tony, Skerritt, Nassief, etc want to focus on the fact that Lennox agreed that the program was “like a mail order program”. If a passport was not obtained by applying face to face (i.e. you order/apply/request it online and you receive it via mail, it is mail order! You might have done your vetting but the fact remains that the applicant did not have to go to Dominica to receive his/her passport in person, and verify his/her identification, like Antigua indicated they do. How can you hold a passport of a country and you have never visited the country? This does not make sense.

    Additionally, is it just coincidence that some (3??) of the individuals that were holders of diplomatic passports happened to be accused of crimes? Isn’t the government asking itself what went wrong. People don’t turn into criminals overnight – the crimes that they are accused of happened over a period of time.

  6. Doc. Love
    January 18, 2017

    My granny asked me whether if Jesus Christ was to come in a dream and identify himself to Tony as Jesus and he would show him the wrong doings of Skeritt, whether he would attack him. I answered her by saying, during the week of Tony father’s death, he didn’t appear to be in morning for the customary nine days of morning in reverence to his old man, because he was all over the radio defending Skeritt in his usual vile manner. Therefore, I wondered whether he would have respect for anyone on earth, when it involves Skeritt.

  7. Dr Clayton Shillingford
    January 18, 2017

    Folks I think we should try to keep the language out of the gutter.. I fully support Gabriel Christian’s proposal for a full inquiry into both CBI and the issuance of diplomatic passports..never mind the bleatings from Tony Astaphan

    • Just Passing Through
      January 19, 2017

      God Bless you Tony Astaphan, continue to work for this government and our country. A true patriot you are.

      Dr. Shillingford did you listen to the Heng this morning? if not listen tonight at midnight for the repeat. I hope I can always listen to the bleatings (as you called it) of Tony Astaphan giving the public true facts rather than your fake information any day.

      DNO you must have been shocked as the rest of us at the revelations.

    • Paul Delatrois, Dr.Jur, LLB, MA
      January 19, 2017

      You know that this ‘Commission of Inquiry’ will be a total joke. For example:-

      a) who will appoint its members and decide on how much they are paid
      b) who will they be and what will be their qualifications for appointment
      c) what will the powers and structure of the commission be and who will decide that.

      The answers to a) b) and c) above are:-

      a) Roosevelt Skerrit
      b) Friends of Roosevelt Skerrit
      c) Roosevelt Skerrit.

      This ‘commission’ will be a 100% waste of public funds and of everyone’s time. Furthermore, after its deliberations, it will more, or less just rubberstamp the status quo.

      • Penrose Lacroix
        January 20, 2017

        And to add on.

        Now Dominicans are feeling what it is like to be totally shafted for everything they thought they had and are upset? What about GON Emanuel?? Millions went missing from his practice which led to the same people who are doing this grand shafting now. What did Dominicans do?

        THEY LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT – TOTALLY!

        DOMINICANS, YOU DESERVE AND WILL GET THE SHAFTING OF YOUR LIVES FROM THIS REGIME, BECAUSE YOU ARE COWARDLY SELFISH HYPOCRITES.

  8. FORKIT
    January 18, 2017

    tony,
    lennox never said the diplomatic passports were sold under the CBI program but we all know from you that suzan oldie and her associate paid 400k u.s dollars for two passports and the money was used for labor campaign, so in short DIPLOMATIC PASSPORTS ARE BEING SOLD.

    so what are u really saying….. your lies are endless and you seem to forget many of them, thanks got we record everything you say.

  9. Vaffanculo_PM
    January 18, 2017

    Communism never works it makes everyone equally poor except the dictator, capitalism gives everyone equal opportunity giving them the opportunity to make a lot of money or live where they want to or do want they want to, communism doesn’t give anyone anything except a life full of suffering.

  10. Love
    January 18, 2017

    Tony appears to be the only one on island capable of
    A. Writing missives
    B. Answering anyone from vagrant to King
    C. Being a lawyer and doing lawyering like a true pro
    D. Spewing poop in his going away and coming in,,..
    God you are so transparent!

    • Doc. Love
      January 18, 2017

      I have asked myself that question hundred of times. Sometimes I get the impression, Kamala is not working for the salary she receives as the Prime Minister’s press secretary.

  11. Laplaine Observer
    January 18, 2017

    Pure rubbish Tony. It is mind boggling to me that every time someone addresses an existing problem in the DLP, they just can’t resist engaging in character assassination instead of addressing the real problem. These responses are so reminiscent to that of Trump. The ultimate truth is, your party have failed us in almost every aspect of economic development and job creation. With a 23 % unemployment rate and the social indicators In Dominica shows 29% of households and 40% of the general population live in indigent poverty. These are the areas we want you to address.

  12. January 18, 2017

    Tony do you realize how boring you are with your fake explanations. tony it is time that you should know how bogus you look and sound. You cannot get any lower that. There was a time that maybe Dominicans were afraid of you but not any more. Take a hike.

    • My 2 Cents
      January 19, 2017

      Only to illiterates like yourself

  13. For the love of Dominica
    January 18, 2017

    Your damage limitation attempt lacks any credibility…

    Why the silence, Why oh Why the deliberate denial of the truth to Dominican citizens on the circumstances, under which David Ng Lap Seng obtained Dominica diplomatic status. Dr Christian cited being a-gasped to learn from the US courts transcripts that David Ng Lap Seng was a Dominican diplomat.

    Why aren’t you addressing this pertinent issue, in the name of truth, accountability and transpirancy.

  14. For the love of Dominica
    January 18, 2017

    You hear lie… and more lie!

    You can fool some of the people some time but NOT all of the people all of the time.

  15. Ramesh
    January 17, 2017

    Will Mr Astaphan stop this ongoing defensive tactic? Dominicans need to know the truth….
    Congrats to Mr Linton for exposing malpractice by those concerned.
    Lennox must go all over the world now, why not the Hard talk on BBC World?
    Now let the PM go on world TV to explain the serious allegations…

  16. Concerned Dominican
    January 17, 2017

    If this acquisition were to take place by the Nassiefs, having shown unwavering support for the government of the day, I would wish to ask the following questions:

    1. How much was this property sold to Colgate for years ago?
    2. Has this property been bought from Colgate Palmolive now at a much lower price than that which it was sold to them for, thus benefiting the buyer?
    3. Has all the funding for the purchase come from the CBI Program Funds, meaning that 100% of the cost of buying the property would be shouldered by the tax payer?
    4. If so, should the contractual agreements not be made public in the interest of transparency?
    5. If this is a loan, presumably the tax payers should be entitled to know at what interest rate and over how many years, and should also be assured by contract, that should there be any breach in the loan agreement, that this property would automatically revert to state ownership!!
    6. Should we not be entitled to public disclosure as to terms and…

  17. Concerned Dominican
    January 17, 2017

    The government pretends that all is well with the CBI Program but the PM comes out with a lengthy and prepared speech. Following that, the persons speaking on the government’s behalf all APPEAR TO BE INDEPENDENT of the government when really, they are not! The only way that one can get attached to the gravy train is if one has the approval of the government. And so, those who have interests in the gravy train are becoming defensive of the government in order to secure their approval as passport selling agents.The suggestion that CBI funds will be used to acquire property from Colgate Palmolive, (PROPERTY WHICH WAS APPARENTLY SOLD TO THEM BY MR. NASSIEF) in order for it to be passed on to one or more of the Nassiefs (SONS OF THE PREVIOUS OWNER), so as to allow them to reopen, having reacquired that property which their father sold. This would mean that the Nassiefs, having favour with the government, would have been allowed to regain ownership of their old property with government…

  18. January 17, 2017

    The Skerrit administration is now attempting to repair the damage by pouring gasoline on the fire…LOL! Now, any article that mentions the word passport draws the attention and comments from the likes of Astaphan, and his comments are like throwing cups of gasoline on a raging fire. Astaphan is trying too hard to convince people that Dominica’s CBI Program is well-ran, transparent and accountable. It is not!!! Dominica has so many agents selling passports that it’s essentially impossible to keep up with who’s doing what where. For this Skerrit administration and a bevy of beneficiaries it’s all about the MONEY! Yet, the CBI Program only acts as a curtain to shadow the real “millionaire maker” which is the sale of Diplomatic Passports. These are actions that should be condemned and are yet supported by many who act like they don’t know what’s happening in their own backyard.

    • January 17, 2017

      … According to Mr. Astaphan, \”hogwash\”! As much as we clearly saw the Prime Minister\’s involvement with the MyDominicaTradeHouse.com and the cutting of cake with Ng Lap seng days before his arrest, we know that this Prime Minister\’s actions are suspicious at best. And guess what? So does the United States Government and its Law Enforcement Agencies. How long did Skerrit and Astaphan think these shady Diplomatic deals would fly under the radar? How could they have underestimated U.S. Intelligence Agencies such as Homeland Security, NSA, CIA and the FBI? This one caught these fellas with their pants down. I can tell you these guys are paranoid right now, they know their scheme is about to be exposed…and they are afraid.

      • January 17, 2017

        …Fighting all their political and legal battles on the local and regional level, Astaphan and Skerrit has never faced an adversary like the United States Government! With a new President, soon to be inaugurated in five days, Mr. Donald J. Trump, who has demonstrated his lack of tolerance for corrupt politicians. If and when this Diplomatic Passport scam is fully exposed, someone might be going to jail! Anthony Astaphan let us hope it’s not you!

  19. January 17, 2017

    Why does Astaphan feel a need to jump out there and defend Dominica’s CBI program? If you don’t know I will tell you. You see, coupled with a less than optimal CBI Program, the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica, basically controlled and manipulated by one man in the person of Roosevelt M. Skerrit, the Nation’s Prime Minister, also has an under the table operation of Diplomatic Passport deals that he knows undermines the safety and security of other Nations around the globe. Skerrit’s idiotic advisor, puppet master and Attorney, is trying to get at the forefront of the backlash that they believe is inevitable in this scenario. The CBS 60 minutes program slightly touched on the issue, they mentioned the names of at least three individuals in trouble with the law and who also had or have a Commonwealth of Dominica Diplomatic Passport…

    • Old Fool
      January 18, 2017

      Dr. Kermit D. Frog you were saying that you hope its not Mr. Astaphans that goes to jail and yes you are right. He may or may not go to jail because he will be the fisrt to squeal and make a deal with the FBI. Tony will sing boy, very much like a canary.

  20. Gerald Balachoir, MSc. (Econ)
    January 17, 2017

    It takes $10 million dollars to run Dominica on a monthly basis.

    THE PASSPORT SALES/ CBI PROGRAM BRINGS IN $50 MILLION A MONTH – EACH AND EVERY MONTH!!!!

    WHO IS GETTING THE $40 MILLION A MONTH!!!!

    TONY TELL US, OR SHUT UP!

    • NUWP
      January 18, 2017

      Christian where you come out nah A A. Sooooooo long we waiting to hear you on the DAAS LAND AND THE DASS MONEY THOMPSON FOUNDTAIN YET TO GIVE AN HONEST ACCOUNT OF YOU NEVER SOOKE AND TODAY WHEN YOU SOULD BE JOINING THE MANY AROUND THE WORLD INCLUDING HENLY AND PATNAS YOU SUPPORTING LENNOX IN HIS CRIME HE COMMITTED AGAINST THE STATE? Boss honestly ppl like you Dominicans loose all respect for u long ago and when you speak we give ABSOLUTLY NO CREDENCE TO ANYTHING YOU CLAYTON THOMPSON AND SAM HAVE TO SAY. Mem bet mem pwel. You have lost all respect we had for you on the basis of you all are double standard and only speak out on things u all want to make people believe is wrong. Gone are the days sir wen only ppl like u was fortunate to have a Doctorate or was one of the few who had the interlectual capacity. Today we are very knowledgeable we do research and we can comprehend unlike Lennox who u seems to want to be Prime Minister of this country. But pa la. politics clouded ur mind. Evil

      • Jon Jones
        January 18, 2017

        I cant understand what you are trying to say but a least make an effort to let us know what happens with the $40 million monthly? Domnichen det te ka nager en tout largent com sa, garcon!!

  21. One plus one =2
    January 17, 2017

    Tony no need to write this crap again because we’ve heard it all. We heard what Linton told CBS News, and we heard what you, Skerrit, Vince referred to him ad traitord. In fact we even heard when Skerrit referred the media to his St. Joseph speech, and here is part of it :”Years ago this would have been called treason, tonight I say to you they are traitors…and I want you to do the same as well. When you see them on the streets, in the supermarkets, at a funeral, on a plane or even in their cars shout out “. I think it is fair to conclude that the person who called for the execution of Lennox Linton and family, was maybe motivated by thel Skerrit speech in St Joe, because that’s how traitors and those who commit treason are treated. Gabriel also said on Q that He has copy of NG Lap Seng having a DA diplomatic passport. Y didn’t u respond to that? He also called on you to advise the government to conduct a public inquiry. Y didn’t you respond? U make no sense boss

    • Gary
      January 18, 2017

      Why do you write such nonsense, repeating what you hear, quote “Gabriel also said on Q that He has copy of NG Lap Seng having a DA diplomatic passport” Do you know under which administration NG Lap Seng got such passport, it was not the DLP under PM Skerrit, further more Gabriel did not physically see any copy of a diplomatic passport from NG Lap Seng, what Gabriel was referring to, is information he got from a deposition through NG Lap Seng lawyer who is representing NG Lap Seng in his present case in New York indicating NG Lap Seng at sometime was in possession of a diplomatic passport, so long for your understanding.

      • FORKIT
        January 18, 2017

        i wonder who really owns the apartment building in elmshall…… think think think

  22. Doc. Love
    January 17, 2017

    I thought Tony Astaphan responded to politicians only, in particular Mr. Lennox Linton and Mr. Thompson Fontaine, whenever the Skeritt administration is politically attacked. Angelo Allen has been attacking Skeritt and even Tony himself politically, worse then a pit dog. It would appear Tony is afraid to respond to Mr. Angelo Allen of Q95, I wondered why.

    • My 2 Cents
      January 19, 2017

      Are u for real or that dump? Who ever bothers or has the time to to respond or further more take Angelo Allen serious? Apparently only you. Get a life.

  23. The UK Contingent
    January 17, 2017

    Oh Tony shut up!!!

    • Gerald Balachoir, MSc. (Econ)
      January 17, 2017

      Yes, Tony.

      Shut up!!

  24. Marguerite
    January 17, 2017

    Just copy and paste then press send. Yes, LOOK it!

  25. Anon Again
    January 17, 2017

    Tony.
    Here is Oxford Dictionary’s definition of mail order: The sale and ordering of goods by post, generally involving selection from a catalogue.
    Now tell me, how is the CBI different?

    • %
      January 17, 2017

      100% correct…This is what those wickeds have reduced our passports to…Some are multi,multi,multi million dollar wealthy…Majority are catching hell!!!

  26. DA citizen
    January 17, 2017

    tony we’ll always believe Lenox over you. you are a trained liar and we Dominicans know that. you liar your pants on fire tony toneyyy.

    • My 2 Cents
      January 19, 2017

      Don’t put Dominicans In your sad, pathetic category. Not all Dominicans fall into the illiterate and stupid category like you and can easily be fulled by a team of failures and power hungry waste of time guys like the UWP like you have been fooled. You obviously are a loser if no life, no job failures like the UWB members that can’t do nothing for themselves can fool you into believing they can do for you or the massive. FORTUNATELY the majority of Dominicans are not as stupid as you and Labor will always keep winning hahahaha

  27. Really?
    January 17, 2017

    I stopped after the third paragraph. Know-It-All-Tony has too much time on his hands!

    • My 2 Cents
      January 19, 2017

      No one has more time on their hand than your loser, no life, no job illiterate team like the UWP

  28. Marcus Hill
    January 17, 2017

    “Mr Gregor Nassief, another successful and independent citizen, condemned Linton. ”

    Independent my foot!! “Independent” and he is just waiting in the slips on our passport money to expand his private business and enrich himself?

    I tell you this Tony, Elias Nassief, Phillip Nassief and your deceased father, Waddy Astaphan, God bless his soul, were indepenndent. Elias and your father both came to Dominica with little wealth but, through their hard work and entrepreneurial spirit they worked by the sweat of their brow, investing in vanilla, other agricultural products and the retail trade. These gentlemen were sucessful and independent.

    But you and Gregor just want to depend on our property, state property and state legal work for survival. More like leeches than independence to me. More like failure than success to me.

    • The Truth Be Told (Original)
      January 17, 2017

      Do you not think that Tony inherited some of his father’s estate?
      Tony’s father sent him to study. It was Waddy’s hard earned dollar that helped his Beloved Son, Tony.
      Some of you in your narrow-mindedness have it all wrong. God will punish you for your mouth, tongue, heart, mind and soul. This includes your fingers on the keyboard. You are one of those who spew wickedness in Dominica and on the Internet.
      You,.too stop talking your crap. You people have so much innuendos and also hatred.
      Go and pray to God and ask his forgiveness. He is taking note of all what you people say and the hatred you spew. It is because of some you that if you think Dominica does not progress, your evil mannerisms are the cause of it. Now you know. Cease your criticisms.

      • Marcus Hill
        January 18, 2017

        Chill brother and take your blows like a man. Why you taking this so personal? Who beat you?

    • My 2 Cents
      January 19, 2017

      Hill you obviously are a brainless fool if you think Gregor is waiting on any passport money? Further more anyone that knows Elias, Phillip or Waddy who you tried to describes will know your story is pure cooshoknee. You sound like such a fool.

      • Marcus Hill
        January 19, 2017

        That is one of our main problem in Dominica: we do not read.

        “While I am seeking approval for my development under CBI, (aka passport money. My emphasis) the development is not CBI-dependant and it is not at this time operating under CBI as approval to date has not been granted. And yes, I am a businessman and hotelier and I will always act to protect my business”

        Quote from Gregor Nassief’s letter in response to Linton.

  29. New York
    January 17, 2017

    Astaphan shut up. Ask Skeritt to put all the money in the treasury so we can follow for ourselves. This us a dimple request and you think our people are so gullible.

    • The Truth Be Told (Original)
      January 17, 2017

      Give him a break. The same break you want to spread your foolishness. Nowadays with computer and internet some people think they are important and intelligent, more so than others. This is what the internet brings out in some also much ill-mannerisms. It shows up people for what they are, rude and disrespectful. You shut up! :twisted: :mrgreen:

      • Anonymous
        January 18, 2017

        Definitely, break Anthony Astaphan. He deserves everything that is coming to him.

    • I Am Dominica
      January 18, 2017

      Yes our people are gullible they we swallow everything wrong that’s going on in this country don’t you guys realize something lately there have been answers to questions asked the debate is on and CBI suddenly funding millions of dollars in projects and infrastructure development only now it’s made public but just disclosed to us that the CBI program is a record hit since 2009 into 2010 and 2011 till present where all the money from back then to now we need to know as citizens we have the right to question our government .

      • My 2 Cents
        January 19, 2017

        Is it anyones fault if you are to dumb to know where the information is? That information has been available to the public all alone. Guess you are one of those who blame the teacher for being the failure that you are while the rest of the class with the same teacher all excelled. Wake up and get hooked on phonix

  30. Dorian Shillingford
    January 17, 2017

    I do not mind debate but Mr. Astaphan seemingly has influence with the government. So why is the government not fully addressing the matter, in parliament and in the interest of public confidence.

    Again, I support our right to have such a program, allowing for judicious management, in the public good.
    But it is so unseemingly to be having all these non parliamentarians speaking on behalf of the government, on such an important and sensitive public matter. Why???

    • The Truth Be Told (Original)
      January 17, 2017

      The government has spoken. Tony is the Attorney. He reserves the right to speak up and respond to those critics and traitors. They pretend to love Dominica but they do not love it at all. Their hearts do not have an ounce of love. All they do is to get on this Website and spew hatred and cause divisions. They have nothing good and enlightening to say. Have you not noticed?

  31. Rosie
    January 17, 2017

    DNO why are your genuine readers allowed 1000 characters and this idiot is allowed all that space with so much garbage? How many people really took some time to read that crap? Most decent people do not listen to him on radio much less to read that B.S. I surely did not read it but I had to comment and recommend that this idiot pays for your space. It appears that he has discovered another medium to vent his insults.
    Please make him pay for the space next time and put at the top a PAID PIECE OF B.S.
    One love DNO and don’t encourage this nonsense.

    • The Truth Be Told (Original)
      January 17, 2017

      You think you are intelligent, more so than Tony?
      Some read it. I did! I found nothing wrong with it. If you like reading and possess the godly virtue of patience you will read it. Patience is a grace.
      Did you not know that reading is an education in itself? Those who love reading do not have the time to cause friction as you do and to dominate others. Could state more.
      You are dictating to DNO who to allow to write comments? You should consider that you are out of place.

  32. JUSTICE
    January 17, 2017

    I forget to add, although you act like a rogue, speak like a rogue, you’re not part of the governance, though they are rogues!!!

    • The Truth Be Told (Original)
      January 17, 2017

      If as you cast judgment, if God were to judge you right now, what do you think He would think of you? How would He judge you? He knows!

  33. JUSTICE
    January 17, 2017

    :?: ass-a-fan, you’re just a confusion unto your own self, we’ve heard these excuses over and over from you who does not represent us and it’s just the same lies!!! Don’t try misleading us with the issue of the CBI is different from diplomatic passports sales,we know this is why we are challenging the illegal sales of the sales of diplomatic passports!!! Is it by coincidence that those who were found wanting and arrested like Madueke were found with our diplomatic passport :?: It’s not Linton who said it, this is what happened!!! You ass-a-fan confessed to the fact that a diplomatic passport was sold to Susan Olde and the $400,000.00 went to the lamort party campaign instead of going to the treasury of the country!!! Have you ever heard of the saying, “six million Frenchmen could never be wrong?” We do not need and want to hear from you, you are not a member of the illegal rogues posing as government neither are you prime mistake scarit!!! :?:

    • My 2 Cents
      January 19, 2017

      In the case of Dominica with a 80% illiterate population that you aself fit into, yes in this case a million frenchmen CAN lie…

  34. Tj
    January 17, 2017

    Why are wasting time to allow Tomy Astaphan igo to get bigger because we are publishing his malicious letters? If we allow unofficial non elected Parliamentary representative to simmer in his own ignorance he will cease and desist. Mr. Skeritt take back your portfolio.

  35. freedom fighter
    January 17, 2017

    Mr not a astaphan, he too like beff and roro

    • The Truth Be Told (Original)
      January 17, 2017

      What do you like? To insult people? The pot always calls the kettle black. You are one of them.

  36. viewsexpressed
    January 17, 2017

    Astaphan, whoever you are please, go to hell, go hell, go to hell, it`s non f your damn business. No matter how you spin, roll, jump, creep, run, the lie in the face of those associated is clear. The dirt has been uncovered and now you guys are scared and running like mad ants that everywhere you all turn, you all cannot sting. We know, you know, we know that this Labour government I corrupt and incompetent to the bone. All you all do is protected the ductored of affairs and the inept PM because he is unable to stand on his own. We do not trust you, we do not like your associated and the louder you talk and write the deeper you and your associates to the ground.

    Long live Patriotic Dominicans, Hon Linton, Dr, Fontaine, Spags John, Blessings, and the entire UWP and DFP team looking for justice and all the professionals open and incognito we respect you all. Your names will not be tarnish, because you all put Dominica first.

  37. blog
    January 17, 2017

    Who really cares about your position anyway. You are the biggest benefactor of Dominica’s money *********. You are only singing for your supper. you have no credibility what so ever. you tell blatent lies to cover up and divert attention from skerrit, who is also a pathological stammering lyar with no credibilirt himself. How you become so high and mighty in our country is mind boggling. You are also a liability to our country. You have our electorial process under siege, just to protect skerrit legacy of winning elections and to ultimately protect you and your family’s empire in Dominica. The time is fast approaching when all your skips and hoops will suddenly stop as Dominicans now can see right through you and your evil spirit. Go to hell man…

    • Calibishi Warrior
      January 18, 2017

      Watch out padna .. you’ll give yourself a headache..

  38. January 17, 2017

    Tony Astaphan will always speak because that’s how he makes his money but I do believe it’s time Dominicans stop the PM from giving Tony tax payers funds to spread fault propaganda that only benefit him. It’s time the PM distant himself from Tony because he is the one that is destroying the image of the PM

    • My 2 Cents
      January 19, 2017

      You are obviously as blank as a doorknob if you think Tony waiting on tax payers money. Tony is one of the best and most recognized lawyers in the ENTIRE Caribbean. But get again waht do you dominican illiterates know.

  39. dishonesty dont pay
    January 17, 2017

    how boring is this tony look how little comment his article is generating I just had to write this how is going to read all that bul,,,,,,,st

  40. Not a herd follower
    January 17, 2017

    3. The PM misleads the nation by giving the impression that allegations against Diezani Alison- Madueke,only surfaced after he gave her a diplomatic passport early in 2016, a few days after meeting her for the first time. The allegations Ms. Madueke surfaced as early as 2011! A simple internet search would have revealed the allegations and suspicions surrounding the former Nigerian oil minister to the Prime Minister. So much for robust due diligence!

  41. Not a herd follower
    January 17, 2017

    Glaring inconsistencies in Tony Astaphan’s attempt at spin:

    1. According to the Prime Minister, ”members of the United Workers Party who we believe work for, or have common interests with persons like Chris Kalin of Henley and Partners.” According to Tony, ”Henley & Partners in their press release of the 12th January 2017 confirmed Linton’s misrepresentation of the CBI programs.” So, do Lennox Linton and the UWP have common interests with Henley and Partners?

    2. The PM and Tony deny that the government has sold diplomatic passports. Yet, Tony has publicly confirmed that $400,000 from Susan Audley went into financing the election campaign of the DLP soon after she received a diplomatic passport which was hand delivered by Prime Minister Skeritt himself at the Melville Hall airport. Is this mere coincidence? Isn’t this a strange coincidence? Does one have to be an astrophysicist to decode this one?

  42. Seminole Ave
    January 17, 2017

    The CBI Program does not benefit the average Dominican Period…

    It is used to pay NEP Workers which is a corrupt practice to win elections…..

    And the Government of Dominica does sell Diplomatic Passports of Dominica World Wide.

    Tony is afraid that soon the pressure will cause the regime to fall and he won’t have a voice
    Tony is wicked…why isn’t he pushing for a min wage and also for Public Servants to get A Double or increase in their salaries those are the key factors…

    Doesn’t Tony see that Dominica is the Poorest in the OECS Block in terms of Growth.

    He is a wicked and evil man…also racist..he doesn’t like Black folks who can think!

    • Gary
      January 18, 2017

      Keep living in perpetual ignorance on Seminole ave.

    • My 2 Cents
      January 19, 2017

      The usual wup ignorant Talk Talk Talk. WHERE IS THE PROOF? You sound like a jealous highschooler in the play ground that got turned down by the popular girl and acting out over the guy she choose over you.

  43. Canawie
    January 17, 2017

    That is the biggest set of B’S I’ve heard from a Senior Counsel. You have not addressed anything Mr Christian said, example about the detained Dominica Ambassador, with a Dominican passport awaiting trial.
    You just regurgitated, drank it and regurgitated the same, bias, bogus evidence you claim to be truth. Just in case for a Senior Counsel you did not understand. All Mr. Christian is saying in a nutshell, if the CPI is a transparent and above board program, have an enquiry to eliminate all those innuendo, and it will also give an opportunity to make positive changes to the program, to eliminate all the security fears by the bigger countries concerned.
    Come on Tony a kindergarten student would understand that

  44. ?
    January 17, 2017

    Fed up. This is getting boring. Why are you so childish?

  45. jenner james
    January 17, 2017

    take his rass to court. let him spend what he haven’t got. Who are those blind and deaf folks listening to linton lies and will accept it as gospel? what is linton’s motive? again sue him for what he doesn’t have. shut him up once and for all. poor wife of his.

    • Slumber
      January 18, 2017

      Jenner James, you need to take your head from your ***, what did Lennox lie about? The Labor government have fed the Dominican public nothing but lies since skerritt took over. People like you is why skeritt think he can do as he pleases because you are too blind to see, too deaf to hear and too ignorant to differentiate between what is right or wrong.

      Dominicans are in bondage because of this wanna be dictator but there are those before him who are no more. Sadam Hussain hid like a rate in a hole but he was found, there will be no place for skeritt and his gang to hide when the time comes.

      Since the CBS program, monies are coming from all direction, where was it all the time. Reading is fundamental jenner james, read and comprehend what is happening to Dominica and Dominicans, not only Lennox

  46. Dominique
    January 17, 2017

    Lawd this MAN SICKENS ME, I cannot stand HIM, HE IS THE SCUM OF THE EARTH. I stop shopping by ASTAPHANS, MR to upsetting.

    • The Truth Be Told (Original)
      January 17, 2017

      You are out of place to make such a comment. Are you not scum of the earth yourself? Who do you think you are? Be broadminded. If you support UWP no need to spew hatred against those who support DLP. You live in hatred and spew it, one day you will severely pay the price.

      • Dominique
        January 18, 2017

        I am a supporter of NO POLITICAL PARTY, but Tony seems to be the SELF APPOINTED MOUTH PIECE OF DOMINICA. he to ADOUVAH!!

  47. January 17, 2017

    Tony, no amount of raving and ranting gonna change a thing, they US autorities are onto you guys, Linton dont have to prove nothing, its you guys that got to prove that you are not selling diplomatic passports and I’m pretty confident that the US autorities will do their jobs, so Tony the train has left the station :-D :-D

    • Expat
      January 17, 2017

      Linton does not have to prove anything; he can just continue implying whatever he desires.

  48. %
    January 17, 2017

    I fully agree with patriot honourable Linton that our CBI is sort of like a mail order business…TRUTH CRUSHED TO EARTH WILL RISE AGAIN…And I would like to commend my school friend Gabriel Christian again for an exquisitely brilliant article!

  49. Real!!!!!
    January 17, 2017

    Tony Astaphan if you are not asking for A Commission of Inquiry that should be held in public, and on camera, in the parliament of Dominica for the sale of Dominica passports……………Then Keep Moving!!!!!!!!!!

  50. Free Thinker
    January 17, 2017

    Tony wants to sound smart, but this written garbage was lifted from Skerrit speech. Tony you can talk and explain till your tongue drop off your mouth. We doh want Skerrit again. Enough is enough.

    • Gary
      January 18, 2017

      When you say quote “We doh want Skerrit again” who is the we you are referring to, such statement means nothing. If you can say that what Tony wrote is garbage, it only shows how much you are willing to understand the truth regarding the CBI programme to make an informed opinion.

    • My 2 Cents
      January 19, 2017

      Typical Illiterate Duminican.

  51. Please help
    January 17, 2017

    Tony i wonder if you counting sheep to fall asleep. I cannot believe you are sleeping well at any given time after talking all that nonsense and those lies man . God have a special place for you .

  52. Elephan
    January 17, 2017

    This fool thinks we’re stupid. DNO again giving this idiot a platform.

    • The Truth Be Told (Original)
      January 17, 2017

      Elephants are always more stupid. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted:

    • Malgraysa
      January 17, 2017

      I am glad DNO gives him a platform:
      – it proves that DNO supports the principle of free speech and expression
      – it exposes mr. Astaphans rantings to public view so that we can judge the gentleman’ credibility for ourselves.
      This is true democracy at work.

  53. Real!!!!!
    January 17, 2017

    BOSS…..NO one wants to hear you.

    Let the chips fall where they may!!!!!

  54. Tjebe fort
    January 17, 2017

    PS

    Tony and another thing. Do you or your family have an interest, direct or indirect, in the authorised citizenship agency Caribbean Citizenship Inc. of Roseau? Because if you do you can hardly be a neutral and impartial observer in this dispute. Thank you in advance for your response and if I don’t see one on this medium I must assume the answer is “yes”.

  55. dissident
    January 17, 2017

    Tony you said all dat already however you are not the one to be held accountable for the state of our CBI program. If your motive is to scare people, especially De 17000 and more UW voters. …..you just a sorry cakarat!

    Throwing these foolishness at soundly educated, humble respected and patriotic Dominican intellectuals proves your lowly gutter standard and character.

    17000 of us have more power than little you.
    See how much Skerrit have to spend to buy our influence. ……..and we still grab 3 constituencies from DLP.

    You mad at us not lennox and Gabriel!

    But what could Skerrit really do to win our influence and support.

  56. Is only me
    January 17, 2017

    There is nothing that you can say or do to undo the damage that was done to the reputation of the island. There are those who will believe and the doubting Thomases. UWP, in their quest for power will stoop to any level. Even drink from the gutter as long as it suit their EGOES. LL it’s time to call for a vote of no confidence. See you at the one man calypso papieshow. D…. again and again, and again!!,,

    • The Truth Be Told (Original)
      January 17, 2017

      Linton has done great harm to Dominica and nationals; those same nationals that support Linton. They call people foolish but they are the foolish ones.

    • Me
      January 18, 2017

      Thank God, it is only you!

  57. Tjebe fort
    January 17, 2017

    Tony, drivel! can’t Roosevelt speak for himself for once? what about Francine Baron?.Boy, I’m tired of reading your righteous epistles of indignation. Do you realise you have become an irrelevant irritation. Talk, talk talk and while you doing that foxy Alick running rings around you and making the money. I’m surprised you not talking for the bishop as well. from now on I will just ignore you brother. Just get Roosevelt to bring his case against Thomson to court and I might start to take you serious again

  58. TORKSPEC
    January 17, 2017

    Tony please:::::::::: come better than that Spine Dr”

  59. committed
    January 17, 2017

    Tony,why can’t you find something to do for Dominica? Instead of running your mouth and in so doing destroying Dominica,just for your personal gain go plant fig,go fishing, break macadamia etc. Do something good with your life.

  60. Iamanidiot
    January 17, 2017

    Stop using DNO as y’ll boxing ring, Take it to Facebook.

  61. January 17, 2017

    Mr. Christian main point was an Enquiry in the CBI, Why your response focused so much on Linton!

    • Expat
      January 17, 2017

      Because Linton initiated the conversation,dah!

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