Senior Counsel Tony Astaphan has commended the Dominica Freedom Party and United Workers Party (UWP)for statements condemning the killing during an attack in Pagua recently.
He has lauded the move as exemplary. “That is the position that all of us should take on a matter like that whether it is the killing of persons who invest here or the killing of local people,” he said. “Crime as a political issue never really pays.”
UWP President Edison James expressed hope that police will move quickly to arrest those behind the murder of Irish national Joe Costello. The perpetrators also attacked the owners of Pagua Bay House in Marigot.
Political leader of the Dominican Freedom Party also condemned the attack describing it as “unwarranted” which she said can “only damage our fragile tourism industry and undermine investor confidence.”
Astaphan said it’s now time to allow police to pursue the matter.