Senior Counsel Tony Astaphan said he has advised Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit to put a legal team together to deal with recent allegations made against him.
Astaphan, one of the government’s top legal advisors, made that statement while speaking as a guest on State-Owned Radio DBS, on Tuesday.
He warned that the country cannot allow the continuation of this “fanaticism” on the “other radio station” where, “they attack country, institutions, politicians, presidents, individuals, private individuals, relentlessly and mercilessly and get away with it.”
In recent times, there has been a number of allegations directed against Skerrit, with the latest being an article “From Rags to Riches? In search of Roosevelt’s Skerrit millions” being circulated on the internet.
It alleges that operators of offshore companies in the UK have close connections to the Prime Minister and may be the source of “what has been rumored to be significant wealth quietly amassed over the years.”
Last week, the Prime Minister denied the allegations while speaking as a guest on the ‘Focus on Government and Development’ program on DBS Radio last week.
Astaphan said he has told Skerrit that he should put a legal team together to deal with the allegations.
“I have indicated to the Prime Minister, that I have resolved, that we can put together a legal team if it means getting people from overseas to ensure that the free pass in previous years does not continue,” he said. “I also said to the Prime Minister that, you cannot sue for everything and your supporters must not be angry or disappointed if you don’t sue for everything.”
He said the decision rests only on the Prime Minister.
“I cannot make the decision to go forward, I can merely advise on the way forward and I think that our advice is being taken as to which option has been decided. I suppose the Prime Minister will have to tell me eventually as his counsel…” Astaphan noted.
According to him, a variety of options are available to the Prime Minister.
“We have spoken to the Honourable Prime Minister about a variety of options available to him. He has indicated that he is very close to a decision and obviously that decision is going to be communicated to me…” Astaphan noted.