The Dominica Labour Party (DLP) has appealed a court decision which has refused to immediately remove United Workers Party (UWP) member Dave Bruney from the Integrity in Public Office Commission (IPO).
The DLP has taken a unified decision to take the matter to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, said Anthony Astaphan head of the DLP’s legal team.
Describing Bruney as unfit to sit on the IPO, the DLP asked the court to review Bruney’s appointment. The court decided to grant time for the matter to be reviewed and has allowed Bruney to remain on the Commission during that period, despite an application by the DLP against it.
“We have in fact appealed the decision of the judge in relation to the injunction and we have filed an application for leave to appeal on the question of high public standing and political activism. We think these issues are far too important not to take to the Court of Appeal and let the Court of Appeal rule one way or the other and make a decision,” Astaphan stated.
The DLP has opined that Bruney should not sit on the IPO because of his affiliation to the Opposition UWP and his attacks on Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.
“We also took the position that the judge’s refusal to grant us leave on the two separate questions of whether or not Mr Bruney is a person held in high public standing or whether as a matter of law people who are politically conspicuous and activists of a particular party should sit on a special type of commission like the Integrity Commission,” Astaphan highlighted.