“Crime as a political issue never really pays” – Tony Astaphan

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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.

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25 Comments

  1. Fan Choo
    August 17, 2011

    So this is what DA become? Tony Astaphan is Prime Minister, Chief of Police, Head of Broadcasting.

    This man has spent years dividing and conquering Dominica. Wake up Dominicans and cast aside the yoke of oppression. But his time is coming. Tato tato.

  2. law-abidding
    August 11, 2011

    Is so Dominica come? The “Chief” of Police, Carrette, and the Dominica Police Force say they are working to get Seco back to Dominica to be interviewed re. the firebombing of two senior citizens’ home. Seco was heard talking to Tony Astaphan on a radio programme from somewhere outside of Dominica. Seco himself revealed that he called and spoke to police, even telling them where he was. On that programme Seco was allowed to deny having anything to do to facilitate the heinous crime.

    Was Tony Astaphan correct in doing what he did to host someone on his radio programme who the Police has an interest in getting back to Dominica for questioning about a horrendous crime committed? Is that action aimed at assisting the Police investigators or is it interfering with the Police work as they seek to solve that attempted murder of Emanuel and his wife? Is that right DNO? My fellow Dominicans is that right?

    How many of you have heard any condemnation from certain people about that heinous firebombing crime? All crimes are crimes and especially such terrible criminal acts must be condemned by all. The investigators must muster the strength, courage and will among all odds to quickly get a resolution and to bring the perpertrators to justice. No one, be it lawyer, politician, farmer, police, business person, no one must be allowed to put a spoke in the wheels of justice or allowed to block that investigative process.

    Every Dominican is following that case closely and awaiting the outcome because some fuung things are going on. What a crucial test for our investigators and the judicial system in Dominica. All crimes are crimes, remember, and it must not be seen that any one is being protected irrespective of political persuasion, colour, creed or social status.

  3. DA man
    August 11, 2011

    can you shut the h### up we dont want to hear nothing u have to say,we dont need you please go away

  4. ineedfree
    August 11, 2011

    TRUE DOMINICAN

    SAY THAT WE ARE WRONG…DID YOU ASK IF EMMANUEL IS A GOD?

    WE ARE NOW WONDERING WHY !YOU SEEM TO BE HAPPY THAT THE PAGUA CULPRITS WERE CAUGHT(LIKE MANY OF US) AND NOT HALF AS CONCERNED ABOUT THE WELFARE OF MR. EMMANUEL.

    PLEASE,TELL US ABOUT GOD.

    THANKS ADMIN

    • dominican
      August 16, 2011

      why he did not have one of them on a talk show like the guy in the emmanuel case?

  5. true dominican
    August 10, 2011

    Dominicans jump high jump low ,who have high blood pressure too bad for them they will tough. they can die .Emmanuel case will come when the time is right. if you all had profit in that too bad skerrit and the police please don’t let them confuses you all take time to do what you have to do,first off all if that case rush they wont have nothing to say so let them talk we know who they are just talking about Emmanuel is that man god who DE hell all you think he is.
    get work to do .if you had to pay DNO you would not be doing that.

  6. August 10, 2011

    ADMIN if I pay you will you post my comment about the cockroaches?

    • Justice and Truth
      August 10, 2011

      @ Reggie

      Please do not make me laugh. :lol: What cockroaches? If you stick to the issue your comments will be posted as others which I have read.

  7. August 10, 2011

    Tony what about their condemnation of the firebombing of GON Emmanuel? Why did you not commend them for that too? Haven’t they spoken out on crime before? It is only convinient as you see it or are you doing so to try to neutralize your obvious hypocritical stance and interest in the GON Emmauel case re the people you want to protect? Are you trying to come accross as being objective hoping people would as a result trust your position on the GON Emmanuel case. Oh please Tony, stop being the phony that you are because your support now for the UWP and Freedom position re crime is only to serve your ulterior motives or maybe it is because of the color of the victims skin just adding that on.

  8. August 10, 2011

    Tony what about their condemnation of the firebombing of GON Emmanuel? Why did you not commend them for that too? Haven’t they spoken out on crime before? It is only convinient as you see it or are you doing so to try to neutralize your obvious hypocritical stance and interest in the GON Emmauel case re the people you want to protect? Are you trying to come accross as being objective hoping people woul as a result trust your position on the GON Emmanuel case. Oh lease Tony, stop being the phony that you are because your support now for the UWP and Freedom position re crime is only to serve your ulterior motives or maybe it is because of the color of the victims skin just adding that on.

  9. DONT CUT ME OFF
    August 10, 2011

    AS I WAS SAYING: Both Mr James and the leader of the Dominica Freedom Party would also like to see outside assistance re the firebombing and attempted murder of Mr and Mrs Emmanuel.. This matter will not go away Tony, so thats why you statement was incomplete, superficial, and lacking in detail…BY THE WAY WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT Sico/Seco..After the set up interview, you and Mr Douglas were comforted that Sico/Seco had debunked th myth of the Cabal on Q95 that he had allegedly fled Dominica…..Can you tell us where is he now?

  10. 1979
    August 10, 2011

    BUT SC CRIME PAYING FOR YOU WE……

    • August 10, 2011

      OH YEAH
      BIG TIME

  11. Porssie RaDoctor Luv
    August 10, 2011

    DNO crime does not pay whether it is political or otherwise. Why is it appropriate or important to attach the political stigma to our denunciation of crime. To me it is just mere hypocrisy. I guess Tony has his reasons. What Tony is doing essentially is chastising the opposition parties under false pretense of solidarity against crime and the duty of the police to curb the rising crime rate in Dominica. The fact remains that even politically influenced crime must be dealt with in the same measure as, say the Pagua crime. In continuation of the political gimmickry someone aught to make a statement suggesting that to Tony that – Yes we ALL must come together with the police to fight crime at all levels because truly crime overlooked in some places is a facilitation of crime in all places.

  12. Senses
    August 10, 2011

    IT’S ONLY NOW TONY FINDING IT PROPER TO ALLOW THE POLICE TO CARRY OUT THEIR FUNCTIONS?? YOU SHOULD HAVE SAID THE SAME THING IN MANY OTHER CASES AROUND THE ISLAND.
    “TONY !!” STAY OUT OF POLICTICS AND LEAVE OUR POLICE OFFICERS ALONE.

  13. REASONING
    August 10, 2011

    I understand why DNO refuses to post my comments when i seem to be critical of their Roosevelt Medard Skerrit.One of u at DNO is a close ally or supporter of this corrupt Labor Party government and Skerrit.Tony why don’t u agree that Seeko or Seco should be brought back to face the police and be charged if needs be,allow Isidore to face the courts and help us remove Roosevelt Medard Skerrit by any means neccessary from governing Waitukubuli?

    ADMIN: You can be critical without being defamatory. If we think your comment can expose us to a potential lawsuit we will not post it. It is simple as that. Please see our disclaimer on the homepage.

  14. No Hogwash
    August 10, 2011

    Question to DNO: The last we heard about who is behind DNO was the it as for sale, and we have not heard anything else, could DNO please tell who is the current owner and DNO? In the interest of public knowledge and in order to assess what DNO is presenting to us we need to know what the source is, Like in consider the source!” Looking forward t your reply.

    Thank you very Much,

    NO Hogwash

  15. Free Thinker
    August 10, 2011

    Is this damage control on the part of Tony? This is not as simple as it looks.

  16. mmju
    August 10, 2011

    !!Yawn!!

  17. ORIGINAL HOLD DEM
    August 10, 2011

    Hypocrite!!!

    • DPM
      August 10, 2011

      Excellent descriptive term. That was the only word that came to my mind when I read this.

  18. mr p
    August 10, 2011

    skerritmygod u have my full support now is the time to lunch a full investigation into the firebominig of mano better known as u follow tony astaphan stop pretending u are part of a goverment that care less about law an order :lol:

  19. ineedfree
    August 10, 2011

    WHO IS HE?

    WHAT IS HE REPRESENTING?

    WHERE IS HE GETTING HIS SALARY?

    IS HE PRIME MINISTER, PRESIDENT OR PLANTATION OWNER IN A NEW ERA?

    THANKS ADMIN

  20. skerritmygod
    August 10, 2011

    DNO PLEASE PUT MY COMMENTS UP THIS GENTLEMAN RIGHT HERE CALLL YOU A COCKRAOCH …..SOOOTIWEHHHH

  21. skerritmygod
    August 10, 2011

    now is d time for d police to persue the firebombing of GON Emmanuel house …

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