Former UWP senator, Dr. Thomson Fontaine was arrested at Melville Hall Airport upon his arrival in Dominica earlier today.
Dr. Fontaine, a former IMF economist who, for the past four years, has been employed as Economic and International Policy Adviser to the government of South Sudan, Africa, was arrested by the police who were executing a bench warrant issued for his arrest in 2018.
The warrant stems from Dr. Fontaine’s absence for two court appearances in 2018 after obstruction charges were brought against him, Lennox Linton, Joshua Francis and Joseph Isaac who was a member of the United Workers Party (UWP) at the time.
The obstruction charges were adjourned sine die, however, the next hearing on charges of incitement against UWP leader Linton and Dr. Fontaine, was set for January 22, 2019 and because of Dr. Fontaine’s previous absences, the presiding magistrate granted the prosecution’s request for a bench warrant for Dr. Fontaine who was not present at the two court hearings which had so far been held.
Fontaine was arrested upon his return after more than four years.
DNO is bringing live coverage from outside of the police headquarters in Roseau.