Astaphan sends warning to critics of PM Skerrit

Astaphan warned of 'fanaticism' on the 'other radio station'
Astaphan warned of ‘fanaticism’ on the ‘other radio station’

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.

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151 Comments

  1. bigger
    January 14, 2016

    You can preach corruption from now until dooms day all Tony is saying is that you will have to bring the FACTS in the court of law. You guys are so use to paying money to the courts that it becomes second nature. Edison James was the first to pay Seventy plus thousand Dollarsfor lying Linton has gone to court several times and lost for lack of evidence the latest one being $80000.00 when will they ever learn WHEN WILL THEY EVER LEARN. I keep on hearing that Dominica is poor and have no money this latest radiothon proves differently so when one hears statements on Q95 take it with a pinch of salt

  2. PoKeSa
    January 14, 2016

    World English Bible (version) – Luke 8…

    “For nothing is hidden, that will not be revealed; nor anything secret, that will not be known and come to light.”

  3. Caretaker
    January 14, 2016

    Mr. Tony, don’t expect any one to love you because they don’t have any. See the way address the PM,watch their language, my boyfriend, my girlfriend,stepmother,stepfather. I am a farmer and if they don’t addressed me as Mr. I don’t respond. You have to set manners and respect ,only you can do it.

  4. Kerosene Pee Burns
    January 13, 2016

    Tony Tony Tony…You’re breaking my heart with your BS. your making it worse

  5. Jane DAMIAN
    January 13, 2016

    If Skerritt have nothing to hide why is his Government nullifying the powers of the Integrity Commission. If people are operating with honesty and integrity then they would have any fears of being held accountable. Go figure

    • Jane DAMIAN
      January 13, 2016

      Correction: then they would NOT have any fears of being held accountable.

    • Gary
      January 14, 2016

      Wow, why are you writing such nonsense. Why didn’t you check your facts first before you write a comment like this. The Government has done nothing to nullify the powers of the Integrity Commission, to nullify something is the act of making something “void or zero-like”. If this is your understanding or information you received regarding the latest legislation pertaining to The integrity Commission, it shows reckless and gross ignorance on your part.

  6. Be Reasonable.
    January 13, 2016

    Uncle Tony, warn them. They too Fast and Out of place.

  7. Tj
    January 13, 2016

    Since Tony is a resident of Antigua, DA can be his play ground. When this Administration tour of duty comes to an end he will stay in Antigua where he belongs,

    • Ma Moses
      January 13, 2016

      That is news to me that mr. Astaphan resides in Antigua. What I do know is that he and his wife have a home in Weston, nr. Fort Lauderdale in Florida. Are you telling us that he has three residences,one in st. Aroma, one in Antigua and and one is Weston? Good luck to him, he must be doing well.

  8. Ma Moses
    January 13, 2016

    Tony, be careful what you wish for. You have far more to lose than our poor people because they have nothing already. Don’t tempt fate please. We really do not want a repeat of 1978. That would not benefit anyone and put our country even deeper in a hole.

  9. January 13, 2016

    Tony, you must be out of your mind to think you can intimidate us. We will continue to expose he corruption in Dominica. You and prime minister Skerrit are evidently upset about our latest revelations, but you must understand that we stand by our reporting. The documents we have revealed to the public are genuine, and you have admitted that. You may be able to cajole the press in Dominica, but you are toothless when it comes to us. Our blog is protected by Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights, something you cannot do anything about. We value Freedom of Speech here even though you may not in Dominica. You live in Florida; do you know that you cannot muzzle us in the USA as well? Any portion of our blog that may show up on US servers are protected under the First Amendment of the US Constitution. No law no constitution will not work here as well. So hush.

    Clint Lowe,
    Editorial Director
    MITC The Blog
    https://masinthecemetery.blogspot.co.uk

    • Gary
      January 14, 2016

      Your comment displays such arrogance from someone who claims to be an Editorial Director. Your arrogance also displays a lack of knowledge and understanding regarding the laws which you are so quick to mention that gives you protection as a blogger. As a blogger you can be sued for libel and defamation you are not protected by jurisdiction. As Blogger you have duties and responsibilities. You’re quick to mention Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights but did you read section 2 regarding duties and responsibilities. You need to also read the code of ethics regarding blogging. Stop the arrogance, it can be a creature which loses it senses with it’s sharp tongue pointing fingers. It is important to always tell the truth and make sure your opinions are portrayed as opinions and not as fact.

    • January 16, 2016

      My sentiments exactly !

  10. Pee Burns
    January 12, 2016

    Like me, O.J Simpson was not found guilty.

  11. Fool some
    January 12, 2016

    Who cares? How those nonsense does make news? Isn’t there something good happening in the country somewhere that benefiting the youth? Somebody, anybody, is that the development we supposed to be getting. I fed up man, is a scandal here and lawyer there. I fed up man, go and fix the Elmshall bridge, get work to do.

    And btw I hope is from the PM pocket he paying the team and this is not a retainer fee scheme to siphoned money from the Dominican treasury. This brings to mind the quarter million that was paid for the corruption investigation…..hmmmm wicked set of people.

  12. its time
    January 12, 2016

    Dominicans the time is not to far lets get ready

    • Gary
      January 14, 2016

      Ready for what, a revolution. Any Revolution or change that requires the suspension of reason and the sheep mentality of followers as a necessity for support is futile.

  13. zammy
    January 12, 2016

    Freedom of speech , freedom of expression. …… Is Dominica becoming a a militant state or a dictatorship?
    Whenever the Pm is out of line he will be reminded of his role as pm…
    If the Pm would just do what his office require of him, he would be safe
    But there are to many unanswered questions. …
    Make a long story short: if the pm has no cocoa in sun he should not fear the rain……
    Dominicans must not be intimidated by anyone…
    Every rope has an end….. Freedom is coming for Dominica

  14. UDOHREADYET
    January 12, 2016

    get these idle minded loose mouthed fools in line… put a gag order on them!!!

    • Tjebe Fort
      January 13, 2016

      Carcon, that would include you too. The last man, who tried to shut up people speaking their mind was forced out by the man who is now our President. Skerrit can use his mouth and people can not say their opinion freely? That is a receipt for disaster, believe me. Tell Skerrit, we are all watching him because he is the leader and tell him so when we think he is wrong because it are the people that put him there. If he can not stand the heat he should not be in the kitchen. We can always find another chef and do not have to eat in Skerrit’s restaurant.

  15. UDOHREADYET
    January 12, 2016

    Gag them tony! too much ignorance. ignorance is a plague in Dominica!

  16. jonathan st jean
    January 12, 2016

    Tony Astaphan, the Prime Minister does not need a legal team to help try to shut Dominicans up from inquiring about matters of state. If Mr Skerritt just starts treating the citizens of the country with respect,he will provide information as his predecessors did and which he feels he does not have to do.Why don’t you advise him to do the right thing? With regards to the allegations made against the PM,why doesn’t he use the power of his position and launch investigations to clear the air and give the proof to the Dominican public that his hands and his intentions are clean.That will endear him to many more people and strengthen his hand politically.
    You want Me Skerritt to sue Dominicans over every statement they make about him which is 100% factually correct.Answer me this,hasn’t Mr Skerritt made untrue statements about anybody else?I’m sure he has,so you are just using Mr Skerritt to make money for yourself, and dividing Dominicans and leading our politics in a dangerous…

    • Gary
      January 14, 2016

      Your comment is full of, jargon and contradiction, in essence it nonsense.

  17. Jenn
    January 12, 2016

    Astaphan please! Get a grip on yourself the man is a public figure if he knew his skin was not thick he should not have ran for office.
    Who do you think you are to want to deny Dominicans freedom of speech Allah susa sel.

  18. January 12, 2016

    I feel very sorry for my people ,They really sue saying cell down there.Tony why don’t you advice your pm to go fix the roads and bridges TS Erika damage. You people need to focus on building Dominica. Stop fighting with each other. Praying for peace in my Dominica alas papa god.

    • UDOHREADYET
      January 12, 2016

      that already being done. Building roads and bridges is not the only matter for a Prime Minister… allu obsessed with the man, always in his bottom. Its time to put a stop to the ignorance.

    • A Doubting Thomas In Solidarity
      January 13, 2016

      KiKi maybe if more UWP supporters would have pull their enormous resources together as we are seeing in the past couple of days, just maybe their help in the areas that were devastated by TS Erika, just maybe we would have seen reconstruction even faster.

      Though we must admit the PM and the Government and our numerous friends who really care for Dominica came together to help Dominica in very good time. We still have many communities need help but with the Grace of God we will get there.

      We should never again hear any UWP supporter say how things are bad after the telethon we can never believe those calling the radio station crying that things are so bad. I guess we can truly say, the economy under this PM and the DLP cannot be as bad as the UWP are trying to make us believe. Wouldn’t we agree?

      Or is UWP a reverse Robin hood playing on the sympathy of the poor malawa. Hope he has some scruples and say no thanks, I know you cannot afford it.

      • NY NY
        January 13, 2016

        80K raised via a telethon VS millions obtained via “shell companies”

        ……………… GUESS WHICH ONE DOMINICANS SEEM TO HAVE THE BIGGEST ISSUE WITH LOL ……GUESS!!!!!!!

        The one which is clear, transparent and honest …….. NOW WHY DON’T YOU ASK THE WOMEN INVOLVED IN BANKING ALL THOSE MILLIONS TO HELP REBUILD DA AS WELL!!!!

        DOMINICANS SICK!!!!!!!

  19. January 12, 2016

    Scare tactic, Tony you cant intimidate Dominican with that crap, but nice try doh :-D

    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      January 13, 2016

      @bedbug, hope you won’t sing a different tune later. :lol:

      • January 13, 2016

        What different tune?? No matter what Tony do og say, people or I will alway be a critic of Skerrit and nothing tony can do about :-D

  20. Whatever
    January 12, 2016

    If you do not want people talking about get out of politics. This comes with the territory. You can’t stand the fire because you are too thin skin then get out of the kitchen. Leave politics for men with balls.politics is not for angry cry babies

  21. De Real One
    January 12, 2016

    It’s time to make Lennox pay for his tongue once and for all. . . :lol: :lol:

  22. Crab and Manicou Hunter
    January 12, 2016

    Well Tony, here’s another allegation that you can add to your list. The P.M. owns the lilac villas in Picard Portsmouth, Dominica. They were fasely placed in the name of one: Renneth Bubbles, also known as: Crab and Manicou hunter. Now Mr. senior counsel, please take me to court. :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P

  23. Ideal
    January 12, 2016

    Tony do you know “freedom of speech”? every leader in the world is being criticized. Look at what poor Obama getting. What so special about our …. PM that people can’t say anything about him and his government? Is this a communist country that we cant criticize our PM?

  24. too late
    January 12, 2016

    the worst thin in Dominica is that Dominicans remain unemployed or underemployed struggle in a hopeless economy and just allow a few set of men and women to become super rich while they wait for a hand out now and then from de cabal.

    what a Shame !

  25. Grand Bay Yard-Fowl
    January 12, 2016

    Let’s see how much more he can suck out of the poor taxpayers blood. Certainly, there’s no light at the end of tunnel when it comes to taking the people for a ride. It’s all part and parcel designed by the masters of the Prime minister’s slave plantation. Once I can gwayer to eat my feed, I’ll be doing just fine with no cell to sousay in the Fools’ Paradise”.

  26. Mark
    January 12, 2016

    Mr. Astaphan the situation in Syria is pretty desperate. Do you think you can get some food convoys over there as a Syrian descendent? I think that would be the better use of your time and effort Sir. Instead of trying to shut up our people for venting their frustration and anger with and at the embattled man who occupies our – not his or yours- office of the PM.

    • Jenn
      January 12, 2016

      Bon die mweh ka pesah. (God I am going to pee myself)

    • RastarMarn
      January 12, 2016

      That’s the issue you know,,,

      Them people that using Dominica as a Cash Cow and manipulating the systems to line their pockets with all the revenue are all foreigners,,,

    • out of south city
      January 12, 2016

      That’s what slave masters do.

      UNAPOLOGETIC

  27. January 12, 2016

    I would like to remind the prime minister, that it was a legal adviser by the name of Leo Austin who who gave former prime minister Patrick Roland John advice that led him down the wrong path. tony and his reds are drawing battle lines and if they are given half a chance then our freedom and liberties will be curtailed . the Queen of England is criticized , president Obama is criticized David Cameron is criticized ,and in any democracy a leader must face criticism . one day fellow Dominicans if we are not vigilant with our democracy then we will have to pay the supreme price to regain it.

  28. Watching
    January 12, 2016

    There is still something called Freedom of Speech in Dominica. Unless of course, we are in China, Cuba and the list goes on. Mr. Astaphan, try not to take that away from us as well. You most of all should understand that.

  29. Anonymous
    January 12, 2016

    Tony we are not afraid of u nor your threats u have all your millions while we poor people suffering so wheel and come again u can’t stop reggae

  30. Emile Zapatos
    January 12, 2016

    Tony you are taking those jokers too seriously. They are just being annoying. They are trying to set traps to create reactionary movements so they can say the government want to stifle public opinion, freedom of expression and freedom of the press and media. We must avoid all temptations that will brand the government for curtailing freedom of speech. That is the worst image, ever.
    All the good international image that the PM has worked hard to achieve would disappear promptly.
    Remember Leo Austin “shut your mouth act” that change public opinion against the government.
    You do not want to be the next Leo Austin.

  31. thomson fontaine
    January 12, 2016

    They were quick to take me to court when I boldly proclaimed that Skerrit was selling our passports to crooks and criminals. Now four years own after all the bravado and hoopla they are blocking the case from moving forward. I again demand my day in court Mr Astaphan, Instead of looking for new ways of making money prosecute the case against me, you coward!

  32. Me ,MY Dog and I .
    January 12, 2016

    So Tony no one can criticize Sketrrit ? what happen Skerrit is God? As far as i have read and heard i never heard Skerrit name called , so Tony all you want to do is make Skerrit sue so you can make your big money on the poor people of Dominica ? And those stupid Labourites not seeing what you doing, is Lennox they after thinking is Lennox that is bad but it’s you Tony that is destroying our country .My God in heaven when will this stop . Mr Prime Minister , stop listening to Tony and stop wasting tax payers money in legal fees suing, please.

  33. %
    January 12, 2016

    Tony you are so upset about the people’s right to free speech, will you now recommend a name change for Dominica? Can we call it the MOO MOO island of the Caribbean?This is because right or wrong, you want Dominicans to just SHUT THE HELL UP!!! However this is an impossibility…There is a disease blowing in the wind and it’s called MADNESS! I say: There is a disease blowing in the wind, and it’s called madness!!!!Tony did you eat or drink anything when you were young that presently have you going mad???????

    • Gary
      January 13, 2016

      It is sad when your consistently write such nonsense.To say that Tony is upset about people’s right to free speech is such an irrational statement. What Tony is alluding to is the constant abuse and ignorance of people making allegations which are derogatory to people’s character and name under the guise of free speech, this is the madness going on in Dominica. Here is something you need to understand, civility awareness and a common foundation of considerate conduct are crucial to our future in Dominica.

  34. Reign
    January 12, 2016

    u mean all these illiterates are in my sweet country, Dominica? Alas, no wonder the country cannot move forward regardless of what my PM try. The people are the problem!!!!!!!!!! Most of u all that supporting UWP is simply for you all personal gain. Who was promised ‘duty free’, ‘bed’ , ‘jobs’, ‘money’ , ‘position’, etc…. and that is the sad truth. Search you all souls. Be honest! Stop being so stupid!

    • Fool some
      January 12, 2016

      U are so far gone not even an earthquake can awake you. Plz pray that God will open your eyes to let u see exactly where u r standing. We are not illiterates, no need for the desperate insults, just say the prayer. We know after your eyes have been opened u will ask for our forgiveness but u already have it bcuz our prayer remains ‘Father forgive them, for they know not what they have done’.. Blessings on you.

  35. Just Saying
    January 12, 2016

    Dominica has a Constitution and the Constitution states: Chapter I Protection of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms – Section 10 States:
    10. (1) Except with his own consent, a person shall not be hindered in the enjoyment of his freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinions without interference, freedom to receive ideas and information without interference, freedom to communicate ideas and information without interference (whether the communication be to the public generally or to any person or class of persons) and freedom from interference with his correspondence.
    (2) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of this section to the extent that the law in question makes provision
    (a) that is reasonably required in the interests of defence, public safety, public order, public morality or public health;
    Enacted as Schedule 1 to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica 1978.

    • Gary
      January 13, 2016

      Your rush to quote the Constitution is baseless, Senior Counsel Tony Astaphan is not opposing the constitution regarding the protection of persons fundamental rights and freedoms established in the constitution The Senior Counsel is simply trying to redress allegations made against The PM which he thinks there is a case for libel.

  36. dissident
    January 12, 2016

    The outpouring of support for Lennox Linton is deafening to DLP ears.
    Lennox wasn’t in court trying to win money into his personal bank account.
    You would NEVER do a pro bono case for the citizens and country Dominica.
    People all de way in Asia can get to see de truth in Skerrit and what he represents!
    We’ve been on that road for a while!
    You didn’t march with us. You marched for your personal bank account!

    We love Lennox more for de fight!
    De gentleman is fearless
    We know what we won. We know our victory!
    It’s a pity Skerrit can’t celebrate with us cause he against us!!

  37. keepingitreal
    January 12, 2016

    more money for you,more smoke screen for us…one thing..your good man..hope dominican tax payer money makes you happy..all the best for the new year.xx

  38. KID ON THE BLOCK
    January 12, 2016

    Matt have plenty more money to raise…Listening!

    • Susaysall
      January 12, 2016

      Go ask him for the overpluss..he willing to give you.so that you don’t suck salt

  39. Dave Bertrand
    January 12, 2016

    Let them sue. That is the straw that is going to break the camel’s back.

  40. Mac Beth
    January 12, 2016

    Come on Tony! If you are so concerned about people being responsible for their actions and if you are so concerned about the good name of Dominica, why don’t you use your good office to direct Skerrit to a better path for the nation? People like you use Skerrit as the scapegoat and as long as he continues to pay you all hefty sums for doing nothing, all you will see nothing wrong even if Dominicans begin to eat grass for survival as is happening in Syria now! But don’t worry, every rope has an end Sir!

  41. Real Dominican
    January 12, 2016

    Mr. PM, I do not envy you one bit. You are so stressed, fearful and lonely. Please conduct your business in an honest, transparent and sincere manner.

    To be honest, you have added to Dominica’s development, you have made some strides, some infrastructural development and some improvements in the service sector. You are a bold leader; I give you that. But it looks like your days are certainly numbered as the PM of this lovely country. The NEXT one is so hot that not even TONY can talk, he will quickly run back to where he resides.

    It is sad to see why a man who meant well, with sincere intentions, got caught up in this mess. I truly believed that you were ordained by God to be at the helm of this country but like SAUL you have gone your own way.

    Sadly, there is nonein your cabinet that can take over when you leave office, very soon.

    • Angie
      January 13, 2016

      How is he stressed , fearful and lonely? SMH….u nuh see the man a breed? And he has beautiful children and a lovely wife. Are u blind? u have cataract in your eye? chuuuuuuuupes! About the man lonely? Fearful of who? Fearful of what? A bunch of idiots?

      • Real Dominican
        January 13, 2016

        Certainly, fear is manifested in actions like these! Some are too busy to understand what the PM has done to this country. YOU ARE SIMPLY TOO BLIND TO SEE. ONE DAY YOU WON’T HAVE MOUTH TO DEFEND THIS MAN.

  42. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    January 12, 2016

    Tony, sometimes it is better to let things rest, if peace is to take precedence over turmoil and entropy! Assuming that Skerrit can sue everybody in Dominica based on allegations, how will he deal with all the other news media in the Caribbean who are investigating him and are find a path of corruption involving Skerrit?

    Tony there cannot be a fire without an arch, even when we are dealing combustible materials! Anything said about Skerrit: Skerrit is the cause, he is the one who brings these things upon himself I do not think as a legal professional you should be encouraging Skerrit to take ever petty nonsense to court. If Gonzalez of St. Vincent had to take people to court over made allegations, he would have taken every man woman and child in St. Vincent to court.

    All of this is not necessary, if the idea is to breath fear into the citizens of Dominica, that sort of thing will eventually cause a revolution in the country, and who knows who will get killed! Lawyers are not…

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      January 12, 2016

      “him and are find a path of ”

      That should have red: “are finding, or should have read has found a path!”

  43. Be Reasonable.
    January 12, 2016

    That’s Good, they must know there place.

    • Youthful Eyes
      January 12, 2016

      Be reasonable.. suck salt and go to hell … hows that for reasonable :lol: :lol:

      • El Chapo ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ✓
        January 12, 2016

        Why you so mad tho? :-|

      • Idealist
        January 12, 2016

        Because Dominica is in a state of poverty and avid corruption? @El Crapo

      • Face the Facts
        January 12, 2016

        Some people can give hard knocks to the point of insults but they cannot take the heat and not even with a few simple, short words. This shows the type of person you are.

    • %
      January 12, 2016

      Well you know where to go look for your crumbs.That’s your place.But you and Tony cannot stop the people, neither will threats of law suit.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      January 12, 2016

      “they must know there place.”

      It should be ‘ they should know their place!’

      Hahahaahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahha; you are minding peoples business, while you are a dunce!

  44. January 12, 2016

    Tony when will you finally come to realize that anything you and skerrit can do there is always someone else who cad do it better. There are many ways to skin a CAT, you guts came into power by deception and you will be kicked out by deception the difference being you guys will all will self destruct. History will not be kind to you as times and places have proved. “Cowards die many times before their death the valiant only take the taste of death but once” Shakespeare.

    • Dominican
      January 12, 2016

      +So what have lennox et al do better?!?!?!? Get sued every five minutes? Why his group of oh so educated friends cant help him to beat Tony?

      • %
        January 12, 2016

        In 2016 this suing busi.ess will and cannot stop the masses…The people MUST talk about their country that is being badly managed. SUE MY FOOT!!!!

    • Emile Zapatos
      January 12, 2016

      Gabriel……does that mean that if you are a coward you will have many lives to die for, but if you are brave you have only one short life. Well I prefer to be a coward.

      • Shaka Zulu
        January 12, 2016

        You also prefer have fowl brains to? I understand there are somethings to complicated for many to grasp in Dominica. Hence the reason why Skeritt and Tony florishes. Be proud of your cowardness and ignorance. Unbelievable!!!!

    • Face the Facts
      January 12, 2016

      Throwing mapwee as usual?
      Let this be told. While you throw words at them, you do not know what will happen to you, how you will age, how long you will live and when you will die. Therefore, learn to be smart and not make such insinuations to other human beings. Tomorrow does not belong to you. Think of yourself and what may be your lot in the future.
      Write something sensible in future.

      • Fool some
        January 12, 2016

        Oh so u know what throwing mewpuis is but u r still a supporter of Skerrit? Razor Blade wicked set of people. Nah nah nay nah nah nah…wicked I say, nobody should read your comments….once I see your name, I passing it straight. Nonsense

  45. Dorival John
    January 12, 2016

    One question for Tony.

    It is ALLEGED, I saying ALLEGED eh, that the Prime Minister has accumulated significant wealth over the years

    Can you prove these ALLEGATIONS wrong?

    • DNOE
      January 12, 2016

      People don’t have to prove an allegation wrong. You who are making the allegation must be able to provide evidence to back up your allegation.

    • Dominican
      January 12, 2016

      He doesn’t have to prove it wrong, you have to prove it right. he is innocent until proven guilty so it is your job mr prosecutor to prove him guilty beyond reasonable doubt. With dunscat friends like you all no wonder lennox always in hot water

    • From My Conference Room
      January 12, 2016

      Can you prove them correct?

    • smh
      January 12, 2016

      According to the article the documents they used are available to the public in Britain. If so, it should be easy to prove whether it is true or not.

      • Ma Moses
        January 13, 2016

        Not only that. I checked and they are available on line. We really do need a freedom of information act ourselves to help us keep people in check, we really do.

    • Shameless
      January 12, 2016

      Dori don’t hold your breath for an answer.

      The last time I made a similar comment to one of my Dead Red Friends from the great diaspora (New Jersey) his response was straight face; “So allu want Skerrit to leave office broke then?” These folks just don’t get it. We are living in a society where stupidity has taken over mere ignorance. Sadly, while the cabal live the extravagant lifestyle on our money many are left to eat scraps from left overs while shouting “Better Red Than Dead”. But the time for change is drawing closer everyday.

      Assertive, Never Aggressive! :twisted:

    • Face the Facts
      January 12, 2016

      He does not have to prove any allegations wrong. He can sue. The question is, can you stand up in Court and prove it?
      Consider Lennox Linton. He now has to pay $80,000 for libel. It is time some of you are made to pay for your mouths, your fingers to the keyboard. Much of what you state is throwing words at the PM and accusing him about what you heard. It is wicked and willful, to harm his reputation. Some of you have been doing much of that for a while. You are disrespectful and unfair to the PM. Only in Dominica you could get away with this. it is time to cease. How would you like others to make such innuendos against you. I bet, you would not like it.
      If you. UWP supporters have an axe to grind, do so through legal channels; not consistently so on this Website and through other Media as a form of mapwee and to tarnish the PM’s character.
      Life is a two-way street. The Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like them to treat you. .

      • January 13, 2016

        to admin:i Love freedom of speech and so every one else is also entitle to that same right. but i find that the character who calls him or her self the real facts is abusing the this medium . he or she is answering every body vehmin style.

  46. Ma Moses
    January 12, 2016

    I did not know that mr. A. W. Astaphan speaks for the country now, honestly I did not know that. Is he at least an elected member of parliament? Is he even a Dominican citizen because I would ask him to swear on oath that he is., before I believe him.

    • Emile Zapatos
      January 12, 2016

      Dorival , can you prove them right ! Sometimes truth is not a defense for libel and slander.

    • Emile Zapatos
      January 12, 2016

      Ma Moses he is a Dominican by birth, just like his father who graduated from the SMA.

      • Ma Moses
        January 13, 2016

        OK Emile, we all know that but is he traveling on a passport of his country of birth?

    • Face the Facts
      January 12, 2016

      So you did not know that Tony is a Dominican? I guess you did not know him at least when he was a little, cute child/boy, :) growing up in Dominica.
      I read what was stated. At no time did Tony speak for Dominicans. He is speaking on behalf of the PM or for the PM. He is the PM’s Senior Counsel. He has a right to do so. In fact what he stated is neutral. He said it is left to the PM what he wants to do.
      Tony is warning some of you who continue to tarnish the reputation of the PM and make innuendos through the Media, what the repercussion will be, once the PM decides on a manner of action. Take note!

  47. Rat Poison
    January 12, 2016

    Tony, I went on Caribbean cricket.com and saw this article: “20 years of ‘dumb’ cricket by ERROL TOWNSHEND.” If I read it to the public will you sue me?

    Similarly, I went on http://www.ieyenews.com, where I read this article:
    “http://www.ieyenews.com/wordpress/from-rags-to-riches-in-search-of-roosevelt-skerrits-millions/”
    Can I be sued? Boy you see all gason.

    • Face the Facts
      January 12, 2016

      Why do some of you love to tarnish the reputation of another? What satisfaction do you derive from it?
      Even though you do not support a Party and the PM and members of that Party, is this a reason to harass and persecute him based on speculations which you are not able to prove? It is wickedness. Some of you get away with too much The PM should sue everyone of you including the Media that posted this defamation.

  48. FreezeHandsUp
    January 12, 2016

    Why Tony doh leave Dominica alone and stay Antigua nuh! Boss man you making us miserable with your poor advisories.

  49. Tjebe Fort
    January 12, 2016

    Bring it on Tony we are not scared and everything I own is in my wife name. Go after the people who wrote that blog but did not accuse Roosevelt Skerrit anything, just asked questions. Good luck to you but first start that case you all brought against Thomson Fontaine if you are a man.

    • Face the Facts
      January 12, 2016

      How smart are you? Everything you own is in your wife’s name? You better be a faithful husband, a very good man. Otherwise, you may end up with nothing. People must see about their personal business by minding their own and leave others alone, as the PM.

  50. Dominican
    January 12, 2016

    Mr. Again…. what’s wrong with this man nah…ahh tonehhh…!

  51. Hmmmm
    January 12, 2016

    Stuuuuuuuuueeeeeepppppppsssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  52. Doc. Love
    January 12, 2016

    The Prime Minister does not need a legal team to deal with allegations reference rags to riches. The Prime Minister has a Minister of Foreign Affairs who is very familiar with Government Departments in Britain, why not immediately dispatch her to London to discuss the many documents that are printed on the various new papers and the blogs. His name is not mentioned in the documents, but two citizens of Dominica are mentioned and more particularly the mother of his first child. According the allegations approximately $120 million have a Dominican connection, therefore he should be concerned as to how his Government can gain some kind of taxes and not about Tony and his foolishness.

  53. Rat Poison
    January 12, 2016

    Tony is not clear at all. This statement is technically confusing:
    “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.”
    Tony, what exactly you want Skerrit to put a legal team in place for? 1. Is it to defend himself against allegations made against him, because you feel something is coming against him?
    2. “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.” If he cannot sue for everything, then why you want him to put legal team in place? 3. Putting one and one together must I conclude that the reason for the legal team is to defend himself against the woes that are coming?

    You are very unclear and even sound like that of a drunk man.

    • Doc. Love
      January 12, 2016

      The man is totally confused. Allegations concerning Skeritt are coming so fast and furious that Tony’s legal brain needs rest. It needs uninterrupted rest for at least six months. Since the conclusion of the general elections, fellers like Alick are on a political vacation.

    • Face the Facts
      January 12, 2016

      Those who gave you thumbs up did not know the meaning of what Tony meant. Typical example. They also did not think beyond.
      You misunderstood what Tony stated about “you cannot sue for everything.” I do not find it confusing. I know very well what he meant. You did not. I also think what you mean but this is not what Tony stated or meant. Reread Tony’s words and try to comprehend the gist of what he stated.

  54. My Dominica
    January 12, 2016

    This is right! Don’t criticize the PM weather right or wrong! This is because even if you are right you can still loose your case, this is the nature of modern day courts. And remember that a team of lawyers is expensive but tax payers will pay for the PM’s legal team.
    Good luck Dominica!
    You have a we have a true Kleptocracy!

    • Face the Facts
      January 12, 2016

      It is not criticism. It is not surprising that the public is prone to criticizing the government. It is the words, which they utilize about him. In addition, these do not support him and want to make it difficult for him by always debasing him.
      You should know everything the PM states, whatever he does is criticized and certain unbecoming words are utilized. How much more can the PM stamina without taking a legal course of action?

  55. Shameless
    January 12, 2016

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Winter season has finally and brought the bear out of hibernation in the good old USA.

    It has also brought PENGUINS to the fore since its their favorite time of year. Nonetheless, the mere psychological intimidative techniques and chatter coming from the unlearned counsel SHALL NOT deter Dominicans in voicing their dissatisfaction with matters of state and good governance. Tony needs to understand that “we MUST speak” as a nation for thats what we and our ancestors fought for before independence and 1979 (Ask Charlo).

    I challenge Tony and his legal team to prove the allegation made it “Rags To Riches” wrong or else SHUT UP! I have also advised the opposition to secure themselves by talking to Mr. Richelieu Alberton (St.Lucian based attorney) and secure him in their corner. That is the only man on god’s earth I am aware of that can muzzle Tony and send him scampering for cover.

    Assertive, NEVER Aggressive!…

  56. January 12, 2016

    The infamous Anthony Astaphan speaks again, Dominica’s highest award recipient of 2015. Mr. Astaphan is advising our dear and beloved Supreme Leader to put together a legal team, prepared to go on the attack against anyone who seeks to expose the wrongdoings of the Government (Dr, Roosevelt M. Skerrit). Mr. Astaphan also advised the P.M. that he does not have to sue for EVERYTHING!!! It makes us wonder why Mr. Astaphan, a man who loves to sue so much, is advising his client to be conservative about filing suits. Well, maybe in certain instances a law suit may do far more damage to Dr. Skerrit than good. It is, however, being rumored that a serious bombshell is about to drop on the head of Dr. Skerrit in the very near future. Sources are implying that the coming revelation is so devastating that it may just be the straw that breaks the proverbial camel’s back. True Labourites are only hoping that Mr. Astaphan will be able to save the King and not run back to Florida to hide.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      January 13, 2016

      Boy, I am trying to figure you out, but have a very hard time doing so!

      You are impossible predict; and difficult to anticipate!

      In any event as long as you your efforts will help to take Skerrit down it okay with me!

      Fire it up; fire it up,keep the seat of his pants on fire, and his head and mind disoriented, his heart and brain pulsating like a drum twenty-four hours per day until he self destruct!

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

      Down with the dictator!

  57. Lougawoo Mem
    January 12, 2016

    What’s new? An other avenue to make money and the continued taking advantage of the poor taxpayers of the Commonwealth of Dominica. Let the truth be told, and let it hurts those who have guilty consciences. Ma Dominique will be liberated from these blood suckers one day. So help us God!

  58. steups
    January 12, 2016

    Look. This is politics. That’s how it goes, people will say awful things; whether true or not. If Mr. Skerrit cannot take pressure maybe he should get out of the kitchen and take his thin skin back to Vielle Case to plant fig.

    • Face the Facts
      January 12, 2016

      Oh yea? Say something awful about the Canadian PM or the US President or some other officials in high places and see how you will be sued.
      Some of you must have respect and clamp down on your words and mellow them. You may have to learn the hard way. It may be more than time.

      • Verve
        January 13, 2016

        It’s said all the time and they don’t sue anybody you too lie. Canadians and Americans don’t sit back and say nothing when corruption and abuse of power happening. They are taken to court and have to testify when they’re involved in scandals, have to pay back monies the spend/overspend when they should be spending from their own pockets and not the departments they’re incharge of monies that’s budgeted got that specific department(s). Stop trying to brainwash Dominicans.

  59. El Chapo Vᴇʀɪғɪᴇᴅ✓
    January 12, 2016

    Tony have yall in fine line :lol: :lol:

    • Face the Facts
      January 12, 2016

      :lol: :lol: :lol: I like that. It is a good one. It made me laugh. :lol: :lol: :lol:
      Good for Tony. Some people need to be brought in line. They also lack discipline and respect. Someone must do it.

  60. warma
    January 12, 2016

    lol. Is Tony aware that the stuff online is protected by free speech in those countries? For example; in the United States, there is something called the First Amendment to the US Constitution that protects freedom of the press. Europe has similar provisions. And who is he going to sue? Where is he going to sue? Is what being said false? The documents I’ve seen, are they fake? If they are then Tony needs to take this up with Her Majesty’s government.

    • Just Saying
      January 12, 2016

      Section 10 of chapter 1 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica grants individuals the right to, express, share, and collect information without interference. I urge every Dominica to get a copy of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica to educate themselves with their rights and protections. Knowledge of your rights is your strongest weapon against your oppressors. Copy and past the link below into your web browser and it will take you to you Constitution.
      https://www.unodc.org/tldb/pdf/Dominica_const_1978.pdf

      • Face the Facts
        January 12, 2016

        The Constitution is fair to all. You, too, should be a fair person and to your PM.
        You should know the Constitution does not stipulate consistent harassment, harassing words and innuendos, being called derogatory names. There is a Law against using them to describe a person, your PM..

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        January 22, 2016

        Facts, the only awareness regarding Skerrit and the constitution, is that his only knowledge, and interpretation of the constitution is that “no damn law or constitution can prevent him from becoming prime minister.”

        When I heard that I thought it was all over for Skerrit, until I discover a pile of idiots accepted free food, money and plywood as bribes to return him into power!

        You are upholding the wrong, when you support Skerrit. If the man disregards the constitution of the country, how do you expect his subordinates such as the police, and members of the judiciary including lawyers and magistrates to be ethical and uphold law and order in the country?

        The example has to come from the apex; the man who is head of the country, the crape Dominicans tolerate from Skerrit would have long caused a revolution in many different countries in the Caribbean

    • Gary
      January 13, 2016

      Why are you so silly and reckless with such a comment regarding free speech, it shows great ignorance and lack of understanding on your part regarding such matter. There is a difference between what you think the law is and what the law is.The opinion you express does not come from knowledge regarding the matter at hand.

      The documents you have seen which all of us have seen and read has nothing to do with being fake or not, and by the way these documents are of public record of legally registered companies.The question you need to ask your self was The PM name on any of these documents. Stop being a sheep and follower of other peoples agenda

  61. Observer
    January 12, 2016

    Need another radio-thon to help pay for this one too

  62. TRUEMAN
    January 12, 2016

    ******THE END IS NEAR******

    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.”

    ……………………….

    So basically we must never criticize!! Instead we must just… “SHUT-UP” !!
    Pure nonsense Mr. Astaphan!!

    I suppose the next move would be to pass a new “SHUT YOUR MOUTH” bill.
    With this new bill you all can send everyone to jail who is critical of the government?

    I can only say that such desperate move is an indication to you all that…….

    “The end is near for you all”!!

    Best wishes to ALL Dominicans who are really concern about the betterment of our country!!
    May your voices be noted far and wide!!

    -Thanks

    • Face the Facts
      January 12, 2016

      Many of the words which are used against the PM are not concern for the betterment of Dominica. I feel you are not genuine. They are stated because of the wickedness of the heart.
      I read your words on this Website. I have previously raised objections to them. They are downright accusing, hurting, insulting, degrading to the PM and debasing his character and position, all because you do not support him. Your words project that you actually hate him.
      This is why I have stated, your words are unfair to the PM He will decide what he plans to do with the help of his Senior Counsel and other attorneys.

  63. Whistler
    January 12, 2016

    the sad thing about this is the Prime Minister does not have a brain..

    he must reflect, as when he is eventually pinned down by whatever cause for his deeds
    this same legal mind will pull out and say that the PM was warned…

    what i dislike about folks backing labour they are so evil, they will see danger and keep in denial of straight forward facts…

    but de hell is if skerrit was good why is dominica the poorest in the eastern caribbean
    don’t the fools of dominica see that….it’s a evil cult….labour…pure darkness….

    • Joe
      January 12, 2016

      Whistler, you are a FACIST and one who do not believe in DEMOCRACY!!!!! Labourites just as Workers have a DEMOCRATIC right to support their political party!!!!!!!

      Now what is Skerrit doing that is so bad?? Take your time and explain what he doing toDominica t5hat is so bad, and for your information Dominica economy is not the worse in the Eastern Caribbean!!!!!!!

      • viewsexpressed
        January 12, 2016

        Joe, the economy is baaaaad. Go drive around Dominica, take a drive. We need this government to account for years of passport sales, the Layou River Projects, why did Lennox Honeychurch run, if indeed he ran, why we are no longer planting and selling bananas,
        I will leave for others to add to this list.
        By the way PM, when is the next rip nuh and to where..?

      • Shameless
        January 12, 2016

        What party? The current party headed by Skerrit and Tony is NOT the Dominica Labor Party of Leblanc, Rossie and Pierro. Let no one be fooled. In all honesty, like it or not the current UWP has more in common with the DLP of Leblanc, Roosie and Pierro than the cabalist regime now masquerading as the DLP. 8) 8) . If you have any doubt please ask Justina, Crispin, Pokey, Gabo, Ian Douglas, Minister Darroux and Skerrit himself. :twisted:

        Assertive, Never Aggressive! :twisted:

      • Whistler
        January 12, 2016

        my friend Joe, just one note, why isn’t dominica selling green gold to the english market? are you concerned about foreign exchange towards growth and empowerment etc.. the other english speaking islands had their challenges with the disease managed it to a point of rapid production what has your evil cult done..

        see the issue many who back this evil darkness called labour are unable to be truth seekers….it’s evil to the core!!

      • Concern Citizen
        January 12, 2016

        Economy bad and they raised $800,000 for Lennox in two days on QFM.

      • Face the Facts
        January 12, 2016

        I wholeheartedly endorse your comment. Well stated. I am wondering if some of them who comment and make rash statements are for the sake of doing so.
        UWP supporters think they alone have right to support their Party and to their opinion and not DLP supporters. They talk of democracy but they do not give others their due right. They are the ones who are unfair and wicked.
        These people will never be satisfied. They do not know how fortunate they are to be residing in Dominica.

  64. Belladonna
    January 12, 2016

    STUUUUUUUUUUUUUUPES.

  65. Joe
    January 12, 2016

    DNO please review the caption, it is sending the wrong message, it appears as if any person who dare critic Skerrit will pay a political or otherwise price and that is not what is being said in the article at all!!!!

    This is further dividing the narrow minded amongst us, so please change it to reflect what is really written.

    thank you!!!

  66. real deal
    January 12, 2016

    The power lies in the people Tony not u or the Pm . The people vote u all in and they can vote u all out so don’t scare or threatened we the people. I thank u.

  67. Real possie
    January 12, 2016

    Who ever wrote this just chopped it up, the wording and how it was put together is leading their readers into what they should think. I know most won’t see it but hey t hey are coming it’s not only radio stations they coming for. Enough is enough PM we’re tired, deal with this for once and for all.

  68. pydana
    January 12, 2016

    yes.I can see you carries yourself like a god like dominicans is wrapped around your fingers. I would like to see you live forever.you trying to scare people out of free speech so the corruption can go on without a word being said. you cannot stop free speech I see bigger fish get cut in trap and birds that fly high come down to the ground. sometimes the trap one set for another he falls in it.dominica will have an effective opposition and the opposition is there to oppose when things are not right.some of you like to be in control to much that you even want to control peoples breath of life, but I say to you all corruption will come to an end one day even the Astaphan,s rule over dominicans will come to an end one day.

  69. zulu
    January 12, 2016

    Everything is about a suing this is not the middle east where everything is a war

  70. sassie
    January 12, 2016

    Mr,. astaphan has a lot to profit from the government. Mr. astaphan your day will come.

  71. KID ON THE BLOCK
    January 12, 2016

    Thomson, Lennox, Spraggs, Angelo and Blasting. Matt should also be under the radar. Listening….. Q95 should also be scrutinized too very closely. Sleeping DOGS have lie long enough. The ECONOMY GOOD. Their supporters have money THEY can afford to pay. Sue them ALL. Enough is Enough.

    • %
      January 12, 2016

      KID ON THE BLOCK!!You can work out yourself as much as you want. YOU ARE A NON ENTITY as far as both Skerrit and Tony are concerned.The thing is NOTHING will stop the people from talking.IN FACT THE TALKING WILL INTENSIFY!!!Stop being a nuisance brother.Go read a book, and let Dominicans who love their country talk.You must be SUCEYING SEL all now.Good for begbars like you!

  72. REAL!!!!
    January 12, 2016

    You advising the PM to put a legal team together ….Then work for the PM for free.

    Hope he does not allow you to suck more monies from him.

    It may appear you don’t like from Rags to Riches but rather from Rich to Riches of a Dominican Lawyer.

  73. cc
    January 12, 2016

    I better go and suck my salt

  74. January 12, 2016

    Astaphan you are simply looking forward to make more money on skerrit’s back,what have you done for dominica a part from taking money from dominicans? you are encouraging him to do what he is not thinking of doing ,let him decide alone

  75. January 12, 2016

    Astaphan the great. The middle east need your help

  76. January 12, 2016

    Tony what about the law suit you were so busy to file against Thomson Fountaine. Why are you blocking it Tony. Are you afraid of disclosures

    • Me
      January 12, 2016

      Amen! And how about that law suit the govt. and all Ministers brought against Lennox Linton accusing him of calling them prostitutes? Mr. Skerrit’s name is on that but did he ever bother to turn up in court to face Lennox Linton. Mr. Astaphan , we are calling your bluff.

  77. Shaka Zulu
    January 12, 2016

    Tony see $$$$. Cha Ching. Milk those …. Tony. I cannot blame you too much.

  78. More Fire
    January 12, 2016

    “who do yu think yu are??? we living in a small world…..” More Fire………………….

    • lyn
      January 12, 2016

      I left Dominica and hated UWP, because MAmo was all I wanted. I come back to Dominica and everywhere i go people showing me Skeritt owns this. All i see in Dominica is rum shpo rum shop. No bananas, limes , fruits spoiling on the ground. But what made me most ashame is the winter olympics. At my job i am the only black west indian in my departmwnt. Everyone knows I am from Dominica. The monday after the olympics I wlaked into my office . MY office and the legal department are next to each other. And i met them all discussing dominica and passport selling and the people at the winter olympics, and they kept asking me who is doing this to your country why are they seloling passports. people meet me in the elevator at work and ask me why are they doing this to your country. This made me angry and thus my hate for PM

      • Be Reasonable.
        January 13, 2016

        You do well to make people let you hate you your country. America and the rest of the European countries are so corrupt and people dare not talk about them. I love my country and her people unconditionally. Other countries are afraid of our potential don’t worry about them.

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