DLP goes to Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court on Dave Bruney matter

Astaphan

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.

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44 Comments

  1. student
    April 26, 2011

    DNO,

    The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court is made up of the High Court and the Court of Appeal. So didn’t Tony and his team already go to the High Court of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court? So why is the story saying that DLP goes to Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. It is one court with two divisions.

  2. Who the shoe fits!!
    April 25, 2011

    Cursed are those who lead others astray and encourage wastage of taxpayers money!! The wrath of the Lord will be upon them and they will NEVER prosper!! Just have patience, we will all see how the Lord will deal with things sooner or later.

  3. MOON BAWI
    April 25, 2011

    The law is an assss

    bright people are stupid

    let us messup the I P O COMMISSION

    We now have our political medicine in there

    Ebeh look roro

    who making how much money who owing bank assets & liabilty

    ALL THOSE BIG BOYS STORY OUTSIDE

    CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION U MAD—– IT HAVE DAT IN DA NUH

    ALL OVER D PLACE IT HAVE FOTOCOPYING MACHINES AND SCANNERS

    I JUST have to take my I P O PAPERS at home to study it and do all my recording of the

    information for my boyz and dem in preparation for d snap elections

    Bondieu who brokes who laudrying who have property properly

    who playing heavy but broakes who playing broakes but heavy

    SOME PEOPLE NOT SLEEEPING WELLL

    DE MOO-MOO PLAYING SMART AND TALKING ….BUT HE HATE THOSE BREW-KNEES AND

    DEM BROON-KNEES DOH FORGET WAH HAPPEN YEARS AGO

    ( EYE DOH HAVE LAWYER—POLICE !!!!!!!!!!) MAY MY CASE REST IN PEACE I FRADE

    STOCKFARMERSZZ

    TOM DRUNK BUT TOM NOT FOOLISH !!!!!!!!

  4. for love of country
    April 24, 2011

    all i want to add to this is oh what a tanggled web we weave when first we practise to decieve. tony the shoes is on the other foot,so u crying foul. what a shame.

  5. jah
    April 24, 2011

    jah please put your hand into whats happening in dominica,i belive that one day things must get better.my grand mother allways say the longest rope has an end.jah bless. 18 – 3 what else do you ppl want.

    • ja yesbo
      April 25, 2011

      some people have failed to accept 18 – 3

      • prefer 21-0
        April 25, 2011

        18-3. irregularities. Dual citizens, Free tickets to travel from overseas just to vote and return next day. Against the law. Bribery is against the Law. Illegal parliamentarians. Illegal leader of the country. $22,000,000.00 for elections? In a country whose economy is in decline? unemployment rising? Is not you all Damn business where I get my $$$$$$$$$$$ from, whether Mafia, drug dealers, Big business, from foreign, corruption. No debates on ISSUES my brothers and sisters. SEWO. Cash, $$$$$$$$$, material stuff. No Constitution could prevent me from………………….. 18-3.

        NO changes to election process that urgently needs changes. ‘Fraid ELECTORAL REFORMS. Electoral Commission no longer INDEPENDENT. Hijacked. Its recommendations, almost 7 YEARS ago for VOTER ID CARDS and CLEANING the VOTERS’ LIST, cast aside. $$$$$$$ not RELEASED by Minister of Finance. Elections FREE and FAIR with NO ELECTORAL REFORM? Some persons election legacy would be compromised? Influence? Who conducts/Controls ELECTION process? The CONSTITUTION gives the ‘INDEPENDENT’ Electoral Commission the power to make recommendations and to request and obtain assistance financial and otherwise to ensure elections are FREE and FAIR.

        So to refuse to give the Commission any $$$$$$, as it requested, to do its work better, is an action against the Constitution and total disrespect for that Commission. What a SHAMEFUL state of Affairs. Such behaviour cannot be tolerated. Such irresponsible actions take away the Independence and autonomy of that important institution, the ELECTORAL COMMISSION. Speculations AHOY !!!!! Why no Electoral Reform? WHY? Why no $$$$$$$$$$$$$ to provide VOTER ID CARDS? Shouldn’t the Bloated Voters’ List be Cleaned up? Why such behaviour by the POLITICAL DIRECTORATE? Dominicans must fight against electoral FRAUD. MUST RULE that OUT. Fraudulent actions especially with elections have caused many problems all over the world. Dominicans must TAKE HEED. A Stitch in Time saves nine.

        • The truth
          April 26, 2011

          Wow I wonder if you have proof of all that listing. U all just listen to what people say. The case in court. Wait for a verdict

  6. Ras B
    April 24, 2011

    Shameful!!!!! we are a country of but 60,000, yet we spend an inordinate amount on unnecessary court cases. Why are we wasting our tax payers taxes? The IPO surely has other members and it is difficult to understand why Dave Bruney, an Individual is so feared by Astaphans and the DLP. Should we apply the same reasoning to that of the Prime Minister, It would seem that he would be in a much more powerful position than Dave Bruney’s position on the IPO. Should the same justice be applied? If as it is rumoured that he was, because of dual citizenship, been rendered ineligible to sit in parliament. Lord help us! I can understand that Astaphan must make a living but by his stance he is robbing the peoples treasury with the apparent suppport of the DLP.

    • de caribbean change, BBA, MBA, CPA
      April 26, 2011

      In America as long as you were born in America you can run for President. It does not matter whether you have another citizenship from somewhere else, if you were not born in America you are ineligible to run for the highest public office. Skerrit was born in Dominica, it makes him eligible to run for the PM irrespective of……… He is Dominican.

  7. james rahpael
    April 24, 2011

    all these concerns should be decided by the courts”
    Speaker of the House position
    Electoral commission members position e.g. AL
    Position of bankers; local can do it and do a better job
    Ex Ag work for th govt
    Advisers to PM
    Head of Civiil service
    Head of Radio DA
    ex politicians as ambassadors

  8. M
    April 24, 2011

    The oppostion so stupid astafan taking them for a*s!

  9. M
    April 24, 2011

    AStafan you smiing all the way to the bank!!

    • ja yesbo
      April 25, 2011

      uwp attorneys also smiling to the bank

  10. River Street
    April 23, 2011

    Face it another case of conflict of interest. Typical Dominican.

  11. Laborite
    April 23, 2011

    Anthony Astaphan must stop that nonsense. These jacka**es within the labor party cannot see that Tony is taking them down the precipiece?
    Dave Bruney’s presence on the IPO should be applauded because he out of seven is ineffective and legitimises the IPO which the opposition criticizes so much, plus any leak of information from the IPO will be directed at him as the culprit because he will be under the microscope.
    Dave has the opportunity of being the best member on the IPO.
    The President appointed Dave, so why areTony and the rest so upset? What do they have to hide? What are they afraid of?
    As a laborite I am very disappointed and suspicious of this CABINET for whom Tony represents.
    Somebody, please tell Skerritt to stop that madness, it will only bring him down. This is desperation! Corruption appears to be real and I am starting to lose faith in the government I am trying to support.

    • night and day vision
      April 26, 2011

      You not no laborite, par try sa.
      But if my business out on the road, Dave tongue will roll in his mouth for sure.He will wish Spaggs or whoever had never appointed him on IPO

  12. Anonymous
    April 23, 2011

    What are they afraid of? is there something David will find out. Then Skerrit should step dowm while his case is in court if they are seeking for DB to step dowm until the appeal. Time to stop the nonsense, DLP and UWP. Dominica cannot be wasting money paying lawyers, when cildren are hungry.

  13. TEE PAPA GO-VULL-LERRR
    April 23, 2011

    AH MAGWAY SAR

    LABOUR POORER !

    18 – 3

    WE SHUDE HAVE ELCTIONS EVERY TWO YEARS

    I MISSING D SEWO !

    WORKERZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    I CONFUSED I ALWAYS SPOILING MA BALLOT

    BONDIEU …WHATS D NAME OF D NEW PARTY OF WORKERS ?
    AM A ATHIE-RITE ( BUT DAT DOH MAKING MUCH SENSE YET ! BUT WE WILL LOVE IT !

    I MITE EVEN VOTE PARTY —CHANGE WILL COME ! AT LEAST DOSE DREADS WEED WILL BE LEGALISED !

  14. Taxpayer
    April 23, 2011

    Is the Attorney general a member of the Cabinet? Is he the chief LEGAL ADVISER? What was his advice to the DLP Govt.? Did he advice the Skerritt DLP cabinet to go to court to prevent Dave from being on the IPO? Didn’t the AG admit that the President acted according to the Law for appointing Dave? So how comes Tony Astaphan filed the injunction and requesting judicial Review on behalf of two members of the cabinet and in fact the DLP Govt. Who is the BOSS here? Dominicans do you understand or really know who is running Dominica?

    Imagine the AG, a member of the DLP Govt., its Chief LEGAL adviser, is representing the President against the DLP Govt.s action to prevent Dave from being on the IPO. TOTAL contradiction and DEBAS. The million dollar question is, WHO IS THE BOSS? Somebody else is again getting the opportunity to make plenty $$$$$$$$$$ from the TAXPAYERS. REPRESENTING Govt. in yet another court case.

    Dominicans should now be aware of those machinations and efforts to control and/or INFLUENCE each and every institution and aspect of our lives. It is happening IN OUR FACES, UNDER OUR NOSES, IN BROAD DAYLIGHT. On the other side of the coin, where are the opportunities for the youth, the farmer, fisher folks, artisans, the majority of Dominicans to earn a decent living? Unemployment increasing ten-fold, but thousands upon thousands of $$$$$$ are being spent for Lawyers fees in all kinds of cases. INNOCENT Taxpayers are the ones PAYING. Do you all LIKE IT SO? NO PROBLEM? Think for a while and envisage the direction our beautiful country is heading to. A FEW continue to benefit BIG TIME. Frankly, the majority of ordinary Taxpayers have no POWER, neither POLITICAL NOR ECONOMIC POWER, NO VOICE to SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

  15. DO NOT CUT ME OF YOU NO
    April 23, 2011

    AS I WAS SAYING: More of the tax payers money is being used at the whims and fancies of this man……LOVE YOU DAVE BRUNEY…for your honesty and integrity !!!!!!! Bruney for ever !!!!!

  16. Looking in from the outside.
    April 23, 2011

    Ah che apway-zan

  17. scammer
    April 23, 2011

    DLP is a bunch of foolishness…they should be kicked in the spetic tank!

  18. DRUG DEALER
    April 23, 2011

    astaphan sure looks like the peguin bad guy in batman…..hahahahahahaheheheh wow what a striking resemblance..dont you think?

  19. Pharm
    April 23, 2011

    Boy , with whose money Tony doing all this nonsence nuh ? ? ? ?

    Taxpayers like me can take wee, but one of those good days, my God will intervene you know ! !

  20. sadist
    April 23, 2011

    THAT PENGUINE AGAIN. MR CANNA C DNO XPLOITING HIM WITH THAT PICTURE?I THINK DE ADMINS IS A UWP SUPPORTER.

    • hmmm
      April 24, 2011

      lol…admin doesn’t have to be a UWP supporter to post this pic, just smart. Just look at the amount of comments it generates. It’s brilliant, if u ask me. hahaha.

  21. Anon
    April 23, 2011

    Shouldn’t the same argument be used against Skerrit? The court gave the UWP leave to challenge his election, suggesting there’s enough doubt that he is. The DLP should request that the court asks Skerrit to step aside as prime minister because, if it is found after the trial that he is not fit, he would have had access to all the files, made so many decision at a time he was not fit.

    If this development were not so sad I would be laughing now

    • hmmm
      April 24, 2011

      you took the words right out of my mouth!!!

    • Labour Power!
      April 24, 2011

      Fair and Balanced comment. Strong chance that the court rule against comrade Skerrit so what needs to be done like Tony’s agueing….. Skerrit should now set aside for ALL of the reasons you stated “Anon” until the court rules. This guys a hypocrites that what they are and make it difficult for any Godly, ethical, right thinking, patriotic Dominican to close ranks with them. They are involved in way too many ills against the state and tax payers of this blessed country.

  22. AAA
    April 23, 2011

    Andrerw you no you are a big phat not nowhere close to a little one! I posted on the bruney affair and the malayasian topics you refuse to print.

    Admin: Would it help to let you know Andrew is not the one approving comments? If you continue posting comments that could get us in legal troubles, it goes straight to the trash.

  23. scenti boda
    April 23, 2011

    if dave can’ sit alex boydnight shoud not be speaker of the house of assemble because she was on the political platform so tell tony astaphan go get a life

  24. Litigation State
    April 23, 2011

    The country is filled with so much hate that everything and everybody wants to show their power in court. The sad thing is where this above matter is concern the Dominica Treasury is paying the bill and to date an audit is needed to let the public know how much it is costing the state while poor people continue to struggle to make ends meet. Now, I am waiting for a response to this as being political but, before any of the blind followers of any party fire my comments is targeted to any party who believe in court cases after all what do we have to hide at the IPO.

  25. nie-nie
    April 23, 2011

    what goes around come around Mr, astaphan

  26. s
    April 23, 2011

    I’m realy tired of hearing all these court stories concerning the governement. I even think I’ve lost track. If it’s not one thing it’s another. Let’s move the country to higher higher heights instead of all this constant discord.

    • ja yesbo
      April 25, 2011

      that will never happen while uwp is in opposition

  27. Patriot
    April 23, 2011

    Well all you really have things to hide papa

  28. Life's Like That
    April 23, 2011

    We look forward to the decision of the ECSC.

  29. Meet the Fockers
    April 23, 2011

    DNO, I have read many a post on your site I have found dispicable. Having stated the aforementioned it would be fair game to allow the following from me.
    If by chance, you are opposed to my philosophy (and chances are you may agree with me) for the sake of honesty and the subjective state of things let it be.
    Regarding this current state of affairs I would like to present the naked truth to my compatriots where evevr they happen to be.
    The DLP is of the opinion that DB is unfit to sit on the IPO and in addition are opposed to him sitting on it whilst the court is reviewing the case.Their contention seems to be one of the pot telling the sausepan it’s butt is EXTREMELY black.
    The idea of the DLP telling us they have objections with persons held in high public standings or political conspicuous and activists of any party should not sit on the IPO is shameless.
    I would like them to point out one of these fockers who is independent of our rotten polictical process.I ask for just one focker not even half of one qualifies?They could bring in those of the cloth they would even be more disqualifable.Name me one of those fockers who is not lower than anything which crawls the surface of the earth. Just one!
    Any takers???????????????????????????

    • Satisfied
      April 24, 2011

      Could not have said it better.I support you all the way. My problem and my only problem with DB is as follows: he got to begin to wear shoes and ban this push toe and push-in long affair and drop the shirt jacks even Ron and Eddie have stepped up.Dave is my cousin but i deplore his ancient attire a shave & hair cut would enhance him a great deal.I find no fault with him on the IPO there are those in who should be out if it was an honestly selective process.There are 3 political parties plus rasta, the extremely religious dividing a pop of 70K by 5 =24k per group but with a pop with 50% under 18 yrs of age we are actually dividing 35K by 5 = 7000/party and if DLP won 18-3 then the proportion is even more kinked. this has become a joke as to who is allifiated or not with which group.Pappy I recommend for the IPO.

  30. linky
    April 23, 2011

    more money for bear rabbit.

  31. Karkabeff
    April 23, 2011

    Allu poopoo boiling. The matter involving the PM and St.Jean’s citizenship during the last elections are far more important and the court is dragging their feet purposely. STOP the hypocracy for once and let the courts handle the matter as you all always say. Funny when the shoe is on the other foot how shit hits the fan.

  32. Hugo Grotius
    April 23, 2011

    :wink: Fond Cani Massiveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    • garfunkel
      April 23, 2011

      i sense your reaction to your severe pain.

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