IPO pushes back hearings on PM matter

PM Skerrit

A hearing by the Integrity in Public Office (IPO) Commission on a matter concerning Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, has now been pushed to January 7th, 2013, Dominica News Online has learnt.

Hearings were expected to begin on December 17. However, lawyers representing the prime minister had threatened to take the matter to court seeking an injunction to have it quashed.

The lawyers had written to the IPO challenging two of its members, Babs Dyer of the Dominica Bar Association and Anthony Laronde, a United Workers Party nominee.

According to a source with reliable information on the matter, “there was a debate as to whether they (Skerrit’s) lawyers were entitled to be heard and since Davidson Bruney cannot deliberate on the matter it was taken to a vote (at the IPO Commission) which ended at 3-3 … the chairman then had to break the deadlock and he voted to have the matter pushed to January 7, 2013.”

Radio personality and journalist Lennox Linton had filed complaints against Skerrit and the Integrity Commission ruled it will investigate for an alleged breach of the Code of Conduct in the Integrity in Public Office Act of 2003.

Linton filed the complaint with the Commission in November 5, 2010 alleging that the Prime Minister had been in breach of Section 1 (c) and 1 (e) of the Code of Conduct in the Second Schedule to the Act and Section 47 (1) of the Act.

An Evidence Bundle, comprising 28 chapters of documents related to the alleged breaches, was submitted to the Commission for consideration.

Linton in his letter to the Commission alleged that Prime Minister Skerrit is in breach of section 47 (1) of the Act “by virtue of his possession of unaccounted property, namely 8 ocean front villas at Guilette, Savanne Paille with an estimated market value of 8 million EC dollars which cannot be explained by his legal income.”

He further contended that the Prime Minister, in order to finance his ownership interest in the villas which he could not afford on his legal income “accepted gifts, benefits or advantages in contravention of item (c) in the Code of Conduct”.

Linton went on to argue that on account of his chairmanship of a Cabinet meeting on October 9th 2007, which granted a full suite of concessions to Blaircourt Property Development Ltd for the construction of the villas at Guilette, “the Prime Minster breached item (e) of the Code of Conduct by using his official influence to secure concessions for a business venture in which he had an ownership interest.”

After a careful review of the complaint, Evidence Bundle and a further oral submission by Linton, the Commission concluded that there was sufficient grounds upon which to investigate Prime Minister Skerrit for a possible violation of the provisions of rule 1 (e) of the Code of Conduct.

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148 Comments

  1. Justice and Truth
    December 18, 2012

    My advice is, once and for all this case should be quashed. Get it over and done with and get it out of the way. It is an ill-wind that blows nobody any good. It is also costing someone or some people an exorbitant sum of money and wasting God-given precious time.

  2. "O" STRESS"
    December 17, 2012

    Win, Loose,or draw,the pm smells a rat. Therefor lets confused them, harass them, and drag this thing till the next general election.LAbouRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

  3. Anonymous
    December 17, 2012

    Skerrit and his lawyers have to be smarter than this. All their antics are only making Lennox appear to be a freedom fighter strong and fearless fighting for justice which of course is a load of hot steaming but to the UWP supporters, many independents and the disenfranchised, Lennox is becoming the hero that can save us.

    Very very very foolish of Skerrit and his advisers but then again no surprise there at all because the fact is just because you can teef it dont mean you smaht.

    • Cant't Find a Job
      December 17, 2012

      Lennox has the same mantra where ever he goes…..

      So can’t find a job is not my only name.

    • Justice and Truth
      December 18, 2012

      For God’s sake, let it be, over and done with. End it by closing this case.

  4. December 17, 2012

    personally, i cannot understand a man has such of a beautiful wife and family by extent, and he is launching attacks after another man like that! get the man off your mind! stupes….

    • Rastar-Marn
      December 17, 2012

      Garçon you fool-ish Man what dat have to do wiff anyffing nuh,,,

      On another note who is dat Stooncks dere nuh on dat Merry Christmas ting dere for LIME,,,

      Mmmmm somebody tell her I say Merry Christmas yeh,,,

  5. Rastar-Marn
    December 17, 2012

    Linton, Garçon big journalist as you claim to be, you suppose to know the difference between proceedings,,,

    You suppose to file a complaint for “Violation of Public Trust” in a Court of Competent Jurist-diction not some mambo-jombo administrative agency dem vassals and feudatories can turn and twist and get their way,,,

    if you doh know yet here, somethings you should already have figured out before you thought about seeking a “Hearing”,,,

    Here is a definition Marn thought you’d like from Bouvier’s Law Dictionary.

    TRIAL

    TRIAL, practice., The examination before a competent tribunal, according to the laws, of the land, of the facts put in issue in a cause, for the purpose of determining such issue. 4 Mason, 232. 2. There are various kinds of trial, the most common of which is trial by jury. To insure fairness this mode of trial lust be in public; it is conducted by selecting a jury in the manner prescribed by the local statutes, who must be sworn to try the matter in dispute according to law, and the evidence. Evidence is then given by the party on whom rests the onus probandi or burden of the proof, as the witnesses are called by a party they are questioned by him, and after they have been examined, which is called an examination in chief, they are subject to a cross-examination by the other party as to every part of their testimony. Having examined all his witnesses, the party who supports the affirmative of the issue closes; and the other party then calls his witnesses to explain his case or support his part of the issue these are in the same manner liable to a cross- examination. In case the parties should differ as to what is to be given in evidence, the judge, must decide the matter, and his decision is conclusive upon the parties so far as regards the trial; but, in civil cases, a bill of exceptions (q.v.) way be taken, so that the matter may be examined before another tribunal. When the evidence has been closed, the counsel for the party who supports the affirmative of the issue, then addresses the jury, by recapitulating the evidence and applying the law to the facts, and showing on what particular points he rests his case. The opposite counsel then addresses the jury, enforcing in like manner the facts and the law as applicable to his side of the case; to which the other counsel has a right to reply. It is then the duty of the judge to sum up the evidence and explain to the jury the law applicable to the case this is called his charge. (q.v.) The jurors then retire to deliberate upon their verdict, and, after having agreed upon it, they come into court and deliver it in public.

    Here is a definition Marn thought you’d like from Bouvier’s Law Dictionary.

    HEARING

    HEARING, chancery practice. The term, hearing is given to the trial of a chancery suit. 2. The hearing is conducted as follows. When the cause is called on in court, the pleadings on each side are opened in a brief manner to the court by the junior counsel for the plaintiff; after which the plaintiff’s leading counsel states the plaintiff’s case, and the points in issue, and submits to the court his arguments upon them. Then the depositions (if any) of the plaintiff’s witnesses, and such parts of the defendant’s answer as support the plaintiff’s case are read by the plaintiff’s solicitor; after which the rest of the plaintiff’s counsel address the court; then the same course of proceedings is observed on the other side, excepting that no part of the defendant’s answer can be read in his favor, if it be replied to; the leading counsel for the plaintiff is then heard in reply; after which the court pronounces the decree, Newl. Pr. 153, 4; 14 Vin. Ab. 233; Com. Dig. Chancery, T. 1, 2, 3.

    Allyou Dem Linton-ites Chant-me-dong when Marn posted the Rackaattack for stating he is part of the problem rather than the One with the solutions when Chronicle make him man-of-year,,,

    Bro Linton Marn can see where you might mean well by you Hint-vestigating but if Marn as a MysticMarn know d difference between the two proceeding (Trial and Hearing) don’t you think you ought to know the appropriate Venue to bring True Justice to a Blatant Violation of the Public Trust???

    • Truth and Justice
      December 17, 2012

      If you want to be smart then use quotation marks.

      • Rastar-Marn
        December 18, 2012

        you see d way allyou have Mista dem doing all dat, and all Allyou can do is come here and post mere likes and dislikes to what people say,,,

        None of allyou comments on here point out any Solution(s) to situations, all allyou can do and Does is Chastise the messenger for bringing some light to allyou Plight and not trying to take d message and make something out of its essence,,,

        The best you can do is tell Marn to Put Quotations on someting,,,

        Garçon dis is not no writing class it’s a mere portal for Marn to come and hexplain to some fool-ish sheeple who appear to not comprehend the big picture,,,

        Ok so den Marn Put Quotations on the texts den you will read and try to do your own homework???

        Garçon know dis Marn not here to himpress None of you, Marn already done seen tings and learned tings Marn done forget More tings dat allyou will attempt to learn,,,

        Start bringing some serious dialog so Marn can come here and have some serious Rap,,,

        Don’t know if allyou can play chess but dis is like dis,,, Marn come here to play Chess while allyou come here playing Draff (Checkers) go learn a ting or two and come back and bring some serious dialog and content,,,

    • December 17, 2012

      I didn’t understand one damn thing you wrote.

      • Rastar-Marn
        December 18, 2012

        Cause you fool-ish you see,,,

        There are two kinds of Court actions,,,

        When you go to court and you see a Judge “thas a Trial” you get adjudicated by the competence of your pairs as the judge who is learned in the Law determines its Course,,,

        When they do a hearing is noting more than a pappi-show display of clout by the powers at be,,,

        when the United States Congress, and Senate seats and Hash things out thas Hearing it’s merely a discussion,,,

        Remember Clinton and Monica Scandal???

        When the International Criminal Court Seats to adjudicate a defendant accused for War Crimes that’s A Trail,,,

        Trials date back to Medieval times When Sheriffs were ordered to Bring the Defendant to Court to answer Questions by Order and when he didn’t do his duty he to was jailed,,,

        Aright so they say dey have a hearing to see if there was any Misconduct in Skerrits’ activities then what!!!

        None of the commission members have the Authority to Lay Law down and adjudicate with the verdict “with Prejudice” – meaning their word is final!!!

        after they finish in the Bombo-jombo Hearing Astephan Dem can then appeal to a legitimate tribunal and the whole thing starts over again and more time wasted while the perpetrators clean up their accounts,,,

        Does the Commission have subpoena power???

        Allyou juss dere living for the weekend-Fun drinking SOCA and Kubuli while they taking allyou country from allyou,,,

        Attack the messenger and doh try to see what d message saying,,, before allyou know it allyou will be juss like them Republics in Africa,,,

    • Malgraysa
      December 17, 2012

      Raster, all cut& paste. Nobody is impressed. You blowing hot air all over again!

      • Rastar-Marn
        December 18, 2012

        But who say is sheepeople Marn trying to impress nuh,,, All Marn have freedom to Learn and be learned you know,,,

        If you doh have the tools to cut and paste dat is your Bizniss yeh,,,

        At list Marn have reading materials Marn can cut and Paste and Marn not being infiltrated by the Enter-tainment Medium of Others,,,

        You know dey say put something in a Book and Black-folks will never know about it,,,

        Doh do your due diligence and juss stay dere turning on d radio you will see,,,

        what will you do when d radio cannot come on no more???

        Garçon if you read my ting Marn not chanting-dong Linton for his efforts d man seem like he mean well,,,

        Allyou just Anse dat Dam,,,

  6. Anonymous
    December 17, 2012

    We the people of Dominica would like to know who the people approving those illegal transaction, allowing the use of state funds for private matters, hidding the paper trail; who helped with the formation of blair court ltd knowing it’s intention is to defraud the state and people of this country; these people live under the radar committing these atrocities.

    • Rastar-Marn
      December 17, 2012

      Garçon not even Skerrit Dat know who approving his Orders,,,

      All Mista know is “Do this” and he cannot aks questions as he is Bound By the Oath of Allegiance to “Them”,,,

      If I start telling all you what’s really up DNO won’t post it so it dozen make no sense to start something Marn Cannot finish,,,

      But if allyou do a little research of “The Bank of New York Mellon” all you will get a little insight of what’s really going on,,,

      According to “Them” those transactions are not illegal as they are in accordance to the “Form and Practices” of Corporations,,,

      As Chief Financial Officer Skerrit did what any good CFO would do,,,

      Make a good investment for the betterment of His Corporation,,,

      The issue is he wan’t suppose to violate the public Trust while doing so,,,

      That’s termed “Unjust Enrichment”,,,

  7. Anonymous
    December 17, 2012

    It’s about time that Lennox and co approach this differently. Skerrit has no real knowledge on accounting and legal affairs and that’s quite apparent from his actions. Why not expose and target his supporting cast the people who facilates him cause without them he can’t operate they’re the ones who are the real culprits!

  8. Anonymous
    December 17, 2012

    Are there any impartial Dominicans we can recommend to serve on the Integrity in Public Office who are not affiliated with any political party that will make the general public or the majority believe that they will render a decision which is a fair?
    To be a leader of a country and be placed before a panel that could make a decision about your integrity, you would have to believe that they are not bias. To place your integrity and how history will remember you before persons who knowingly campaigned against you on numerous political platforms, is plain and simple Wrong. The Prime Minister has the right to question and voice his concerns. He should not allow himself to be brought as a lamb to be slaughtered.
    Mr. Linton should propose that the Mr. Skerrit be brought before an IPO Commission with members who never expressed to the Dominican people what is their political persuasion? Until this is done the process will not be fair to all Dominicans.
    The Prime Minister have a right to question the persons questioning his integrity just like Mr. Linton have a right to ensure that justice is served without any bias. He, Mr. Linton has to demonstrate some integrity himself. To push for a hearing when there are questions about the integrity of person wanting to make a decision on the subject of Integrity is a disservice Dominica and all Dominicans.
    Integrity should not be one sided.

    • December 17, 2012

      I totally agree with this statement,” Integrity is not one sidede”. It applies to both the person in question and the individual laying blame.

  9. Talk Man
    December 16, 2012

    So all of a sudden Skerrit go MOO MOO?
    Even is after you leave office the law will
    DAY MOO MOO YOU! It is early still.Dominica has suffered too much under your ruthless and lawless
    rule.

  10. Anonymous
    December 16, 2012

    It seems as though allegations about Skerrit is the only talking point on the island these days?

    What are the authorities doing about people bursting bamboos and creating these loud “bomb” noises and polluting the atmosphere with gasolene and kerosene in the “nature isle”???

    To a tourist who came to Dominica for its tranquility and fresh air have to leave with regrets over this senseless “tradition”?

    • Jay
      December 17, 2012

      Get a sense, tourist will be gone tomorrow while me must live with the real crap all the time!

      • Anonymous
        December 18, 2012

        Yes but if the tourists dont come back it’s then you will really see hardship in Dominica!

  11. Dom
    December 16, 2012

    If you come into power with 2 dollars 8yrs ago then in 20 million 8 yrs later. Tell me there is no corruption. Cayman islands show them the way. Dominica needs a governor and be handed back to London. When will we be free.. free from the ones who said they’ll set us free.

  12. Dom
    December 16, 2012

    The IPO has absolutely no credibility. Pathetic

  13. Anonymous
    December 16, 2012

    You wanted to face the commission now you do not want to Skerrit! why? what about’settling it once and for all’!you have things to hide u c!
    all u politician getting rich on poor people back!u will go in the grave with the riches u accumulate!accimulate wealth!it will bring you heaven!

  14. Anonymous
    December 16, 2012

    Some people are so emotional to hear them comment here and on the radio as if they sure who ever claim that they are speaking on their behalf is doing just that for their betterment and would quickly insult another person who says otherwise. We all are humans and therefore capable of doing the same, I trust no one especially someone I don’t know personally but just hearinng what they say through media, so much so to think that they can do no wrong and everything they say or do is in my best interest.

  15. Anonymous
    December 16, 2012

    How does Lenox Linton and his family surive? I am very curious to know if he works or where he works, his source or sources of income. Never heard from any reporters how he manages to servive, reporters here don’t seem to ask these questions of people who are out in the public always being heard. Like Lenox Honeychurch is he married or ever been involved does he have kids. I find the media don’t ask personal questions of people in their interviews, there are many others that I wish to know about that I hear of often.

    • Cant't Find a Job
      December 17, 2012

      Well not being married is a personal choice, but can’t find a job is a fair question to ask.

  16. retribution
    December 16, 2012

    one day i tell you one day one day you gona fall

  17. Anonymous
    December 16, 2012

    I believe one day mr Linton and everyone else who calling to see mr. Skerrit out of office or jailed will get to see that. My question is what will be next? I am asking because I suspect that it won’t end there, the next move will be to ask the entire cabinet to leave since they stayed there and watch mr. Skerrit do all his wrong doings, mark my words. This is to me more about politics for their own personal gain than it is about “the people”. Too bad so many people are fooled into thinking that it’s about them although I agree when they do wrong to should me thrown out or in jail but never to think that we the people will get anything good out of it. leaders have come and gone in Dominica and the country remained poor with high levels of unemployment under everyone of them. Who is to think that any one of them in this time will change any thing, I believe the problem in dominica is too many black grab in the same barrel just look at Africa and you’ll understand what I mean. Who want to go fight and get hurt, to get any politician out of office that’s them but not me if my vote can’t do it then dying or getting hurt is not worth it. At the end of the day I have to come back and fight the same one I put there out again, simply madness if you ask me. Many of the people here complaining put this Gov in now they want a war to get them out, why can’t the same vote do it. If Linton and the workers party want power so bad then take to the streets and fight send stones if all you have to, find the evidence take it to the police what ever but keep at it, sorry though just not me all you will get to fight any battles to put all you in power just to come and do same thing. I am no “pappy show” to get fooled over and over again into thinking that you politicians can bring any relief to my life.

    • 1979
      December 16, 2012

      you entitled to your opinion, as are we, we will NOT be placed on NO GUILT TRIP because of those who failed to HONOR THE OATH THAT THEY WERE SWWOOOORRNNN TO….

      shake your bag where you bought your coals!

      we will jail the WHOLE COUNTRY if that is what has to happen to ROOOOOT out corruption from public office….shate!

      • 1979
        December 16, 2012

        Dominica toooooooooo small for the place to gwan so…. if we had a million plus population what would we do???????????????

        DEVOUR OURSELVES??????????

        THERE IS MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE TO LIVE,

        STOP BEING GREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDYYYYYY

  18. ROSEAU VALLEY
    December 16, 2012

    Peeping Tom posted a comment below in response to the blogger “Referee” and ironically, perhaps because I am a more objective blogger, I concur with the sentiments expressed by my friend.

    Indeed, the law is the law and the public screams for justice ought not be driven, advanced, sabotaged or suppressed by a selective few with a selective partisan political interest.

    Fundamentally, we must respect the law and understand that no one is above the law.

    The Constitution, for example, cannot be seem as supreme today and suspended in favour of a red herring doctrine the next day simply to advance a narrow political agenda.

    We cannot be so aggressively investigating bedroom crimes and search all over the Roseau Valley for marijuana joints-imposing huge fines on our young helpless fathers and putting our young people in jail, while the PM, his ministers and lawyers engage in much more serious crimes and they are protected by notorious lawyers from being appropriately sanctioned.

    The PM cannot pretend to support the IPO one day but when it begins to do its job in inquiring into his alleged violations of the law, he becomes defensive, dismissive and critical of the IPO and is unwilling to cooperate. Indeed, this is precisely the type of conduct that is killing /not threatening our fragile democracy.

    Let’s not deal with the propaganda, media half truths, suppositions, creative or stretched imaginations, and scintillating narratives, especially from senior counsels who are engaged in a sad and relentless media campaign over matters that are before the courts and the IPO.

    Let’s us all remain focus on the efforts of the facilitators and perpetrators of the corruption in our society. Let’s not give support to those in high office who do not wish to respect the law and our legal system when it does not serve their selfish, partisan interests and wicked ends.

    These persons, who are supposed to be our leaders, are the real enemies of the State. It is they who are killing and violating our democratic principles and our legal principles of equality before the law and the supremacy of that law.

    We cannot be selective in what crimes are investigated and how we implement our laws. If Peeping, Jude, Observer, the Prime Minister, the AG, the Speaker, the President and the Commissioner of police are genuinely interested in the development of Dominica and the preservation of our democracy, well, let all views of the political divide and those who are involved in this IPO effort- especially our political leadership be guided by the law, even though we may not like the tactics and the presumed outcomes.

    All these repeated screams of dual citizenship/foreign allegiance, “corruption” and the guilty of PM and his cohorts may have no merit but the PM needs to come clean and be willing to answer the tough questions without the defense of self-incrimination, repeated fillings of injunctions and applications for delayed judicial reviews to stall the process. This is the only way he can prove his innocence.

    The only way we can know the truth is to allow the Commission and the Courts to function in as fair environment with the genuine cooperation of all parties as these allegations are serious and need to be investigated.

    For the above reasons, I totally agree with the post of Peeping Tom below. For once, Good job Peeping Tom.

    Respectfully
    Roseau valley

    • Watching Dem
      December 16, 2012

      Tell educate your P.M to do so Respect the law.
      But these by products of poverty will not they can’t they are in too deep.

      • Listening /reading
        December 16, 2012

        They made it clear no law nor constitution can stop dem.

    • Peeping Tom
      December 17, 2012

      Why should we allw the courts to function or th judicial system to work we must take control since the court is incapable. We are already fully confident that the Dominican people will believe anything that we throw out at them so manipulating the system of checks and balances is our responsibility. We shall ride this wagon till the wheels all off. At the end of it all it is about the dollar bill and me and my Conrad’s know that much to well. They talk about Collin horning me but ther s no honor among theives so that is ok. Who else is better to horn me than an enemy in my camp. I certainly don’t want to be Horne by bessings, Brian or Roseau Valley

      • Peeping Tom
        December 17, 2012

        You do a very poor job at trying to destroy Peeping Tom’s image on this blog site. Se, even when you guys try to be wicked, you still fail. What are competent at doing, really^

      • Poonkie
        December 17, 2012

        Peepin??? U dat dere? Hell no, this is not Peeping Tom.

      • ROSEAU VALLEY
        December 18, 2012

        In defese of Peeping Tom. Please stop it. Say what you want about Peeping. You may not agree with his views but do not use his name to pass off as Peeping. This is unacceptable, saying nothing about the quality of the contribution.

        Respectfully
        Roseau valley

  19. Tammy
    December 16, 2012

    My only response is: ‘Who stole or steals the cookies in the cookie jar? Not me than it must be somebody. It’s not Lennox, and then it must be somebody…. Don’t you all feel sorry for Dominica? I do….Lennox God bless you Sir- have strenght and faith and we will see this through.

  20. 1979
    December 16, 2012

    when a man flees from any and all opportunity to defend himself… What does that say….

    and those who defend in their usual sycophant manner solidify the evidence that this man is a god to those who lack the capacity to use their grey matter….

    this shows the level that Dominica has come to.. when some ARE WILLING to support WRONG KNOWINGLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY,

    they know
    they know
    they know

    yet they chant….. IT IS OKAY!

    SMFH!

  21. Choice - X
    December 16, 2012

    Why don’t they just push it back to 2031 instead???

  22. labouritee
    December 16, 2012

    If the Man is not guilty, the only way to find out of in the courts and so forth. Let the matter go forth cause if he is not at all guilty, the “lawyers” should have evidence and just let the matter go forward. If they are playing spin bowlers and duckers as they do right now well there seems to be more water than flour in this matter. If the man is not guilty with all these allegations and stuff well there should be a compulsory commission of enquiry in these matters! Remember Mamo, when the young man accused her of bugging uwp, she allowed it to go through cause mamo was not guilty. Dominica need a commission of enquiry, cause everybody will have to take oath and wouldn’t be able to lie as they do so freely and escape. Truth be told, some of these folks behaving as if God Almighty is on their side, in all them nonsense, and injustice. Word to the wise who spin and spin and spin for the yankee dollar, there is a place that is spin- proof, its the place called Judgement Day on the throne of Glory! So mere mortals why play games with the law and justice? Folks might postpone and push back date here on earth, but God has given verdict!They thing is when God gives the verdict, earthly lawyers and law gurus cant change or appeal the matter!God is taking plenty notes, real notes about Dominica and these folks!
    Dem fellas to bright: What is happening to sweet Dominica,ask them boys, who par-lair-ment for wee!
    Dem fellas to bright, they need to give all these ministers a crash course, with the words of the National anthem!They bright like flash light, so give them : Full of Godly reverent fear,Strive for honour sons and daughters,
    Do the right be firm be fair,
    Toil with hearts and hands and voices,
    We must prosper! Sound the call.
    If not these folks will may people sit down for the national anthem, cause they pappyshowing the words of the anthem left right and center.
    So he forward: and tell the people the truth cause judgemnt day sooon come! Money, House, land, cars and rank wont save all ya! Hahahahahahahahahahahahh: on judgement day them lawyers have to fall on their knees and beg for their own mercy sooooo lets wait and seee!

  23. Pedro
    December 16, 2012

    The Dominican people are the ones paying for all this coruption in Government. ‘POVERTY’ is widespread in the country. The people are just waiting to drink from the milk and eat from the cheese and butter. PAPA DOC in Haiti should be a good history for all Dominicans.

  24. what u think
    December 15, 2012

    What on earth has Roosvelt Skerrit do to lennox linton that he is looking for everything to ensure that he destroy his life.Lennox havent got a heart why is there so much hatred for one man? The trap that Lennox is trying to set for Skerrit be careful you are the one that fall in it I warning you Lenox leave Skerrit alone.No weapon that is form against Skerrit will prosper cause who God blesses no man not ten like Lennox can curse.HOORAY FOR COMRADE SKERRIT.we love you.

    • ___________
      December 16, 2012

      @ what you think. Yes Lennox is truely a patriot, uncovering corrupt leaders, corruption,greedy men,lovers of money, malfeasance in public office, exposing thieves, lies, etc..You should be ashamed to write crap, nonsense,disgusting stuff on this medium.It’s either you are very ignorant,lazy or wicked, or you are gathering crumbs from under Skerrits table, or the Red clinic.
      LOTS OF THANKS TO LENNOX
      GOD BLESS YOU LENNOX…

      • Anonymous
        December 17, 2012

        Lennox is not a true patriot! He is a true UWP supporter because between the years of 1995 -2000 he was dead silent.

        A true patriot would have been as active during the 5-year reign demanding answers on quarries, DOMLEC sale, Helen of Troy, certain doctor/ businesman rumoured to not have paid sales tax, mansions being built and being put on the name of family memebers, etc etc etc etc. Yet nothing. Silence. Crickets chirping.

        You people have short memories I do not.

        Lennox is playing a role here but I am not fooled for one minute that it’s patriotism. Not that one. uh uh.

        In fact sometimes I feel it’s best Skerrit stays in becasue at least Skerrit is not vex and have any ax to grind.

    • Jahyout
      December 16, 2012

      WHat are you really speaking about, i dont believe you know whats going on in DA at all.

    • JIM
      December 16, 2012

      Skerrit is doing and has done nothing to Lennox.On the contrary he is doing a lot of harm to Dominica… Lennox loves ignoramuses like you, so he is exposing what he thinks is corruption. Do you have a problem with that? I surely do not.
      Lennox is doing a da- good job on your behalf.

    • ROSEAU VALLEY
      December 16, 2012

      here is what I think- First of all, Lennox does not care about Skerrit as a man from Vielle Casse. He is only concerned with the good and accountable governance of the country. He is concerned about the gross mis-management of the Country and the destruction that the DLP is visiting on Dominica.

      Lennox is not looking to destroy anyone. He is merely investigating, uncovering and reporting on the hidden secrets of certain elected officials who are bent on lining their pocket with wealth by raping the country.

      Lennox has more than a heart.. He is conscience of the nation beyond all doubt. He thinks for those who appear not to have a brain to think wisely. He speaks when the majority remains voiceless. He watches and sees for those who do not want to see.

      He acts selflessly out of love for the people and country of Dominica and in defense of the integrity and good name of the country. He is a soldier of truth against the army of liars and those who seek to attack righteousness and justice. Whatever Justice Cottle and others may say, We adore Lennox. He is a shining example that one man can make a difference in the life of a nation and how the constant dripping of rain drops can eventually corrode and undermine the strongest foundation. This man is a hero.

      Lennox is not setting traps for anyone. He is putting himself in danger to unset the many traps already set by a corrupt regime. It is Skerrit who has not been careful having set so many traps and he is now being caught in them. Tony, Alick, the man who have tried to fool God nd Injustice Gertel Thom cannot save him.

      Lennox is no longer just an individual. Lennox is the conscience of the majority of Dominican at home and abroad. He speaks forcefully for us. Like Tony has the authority to speak on behalf of Skerrit.

      It is not Lennox to leave Skerrit alone. It is time for Skerrit to come clean. Leave us alone Leave the leadership of this country and face up to the music of his own tune.

      Keep praying to your God for deliverance of the nation and be prepared to deal with the outcome of your prayers when the raft of God falls on all you wicked people for God is not asleep

      God bless Dominica, God bless Lennox Linton and patriots

      Respectfully
      Roseau valley

      • Cant't Find a Job
        December 17, 2012

        A man with a heart can find a job

    • God is Good
      December 17, 2012

      Lennox Linton is misleading the country. And he is doing that for his own personal gain. Lennox wants to be in politics and will do anything. Cuz Lennox ought to know, cause he has a copy of the minutes of the Cabinet that the day he Lennox stated that the Pm who sat as Chairman of the said meeting and gave full concession to Mr. Alex. The date which he stated, that the Pm was not at the meeting and he wasnt the Chairman of the committee.

    • Justice and Truth
      December 18, 2012

      What goes around comes around in time. As the Lord said, “Whatsoever you do to others, you do to Me.”

  25. adjournment
    December 15, 2012

    adjournment for their own AMUSEMENT…dey commit MURDER and then walk out free on TECHNICALITY..if skerrit is so honest and God fearing,not hiding anything….why all those adjournment???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? skerrit the truth have a funny way of always coming out…

  26. Cant't Find a Job
    December 15, 2012

    (2) Where the Commission rejects a complaint, the person against whom the complaint was lodged shall have the right to institute legal proceedings against the complainant.

    I hope you all know that…I hope You all know that.

    • ..........
      December 16, 2012

      What’s your point?…If you are referring to Lennox, note that there are thousands of patriots following him…And please go to Skerrit and speak to him about good governance,don’t impoverish the country in the manner that he is doing.And tell him “GOD BLESS LENNOX LINTON”

  27. Anonymous
    December 15, 2012

    The IPO is required by law to hear Skerrit on the matter of whether it has jurisdiction to proceed with the opening hearing before it commences proceeding.The IPO is obviously acting on proper advice.It may still decide to proceed with the matter but Astaphan and them cannot fault them on that ground.Sensible decision IPO.Lennox and Clayton and them will give the IPO plenty mephuis but I believe that the IPO is correct.Babs Dyer and Tonylaronde and Johnson and them seem to know what they are about and must remain on Who vex loose.

  28. 1979
    December 15, 2012

    Does the integrity commission have any integrity??

    This is not suprising, its the order of the day!

    So sad that one ignorant voter can be the nail in the coffin of a whole nation of intellects…

    This must be the governance we allowed, tolerated and deserver???

  29. The Sunset
    December 15, 2012

    Next elections Skerrit still winning, I still voting him… the man accept a gift, whats the big deal???? You all never accept a gift..cast the first stone who is clean..

    • %
      December 16, 2012

      The truth is in your face, and it is hurting you. But this is what the truth does.Bear it because the truth hurts.
      I LOVE LENNOX FOR THE GOOD JOB THAT HE IS DOING.

    • labouritee
      December 16, 2012

      Your comment lacks honest, integrity and moral standards. Can you beleive that folsk are encouragging ministers to steal and be corrupt and then become small gods? These politicians who are involved in these nasty bahaviours are beuilding the biggest of houses, most vehicles, building houses for theisr royal subjects and flunting money like money our of style. Just look at the backgtound of these ministers, not one can point finger and say they came on the scene rich, or a billionnaire, but these days they are ranking high and mighty. They came from poor backgrounds and with little or nothing to their name, yet all they doing now is grabbing, grabbing, grabbing and getting fat. Its like they are say: if dem foolish Dominicans think we getting out of politics poor welll dey lie. Yet the most shameful and disgraceful thing with these voters is dat they vote them back in office to make sure their pockets realll full up! These ministers all making a papyshow with the poor by just wasting their times and =saying oh we have u on file, yes o n file……. Another things thats sickening with these guys, you can be sure they will come on radio and lie and lie and full the pooor. They Parlairment to meeeeee………… tout koshon ne samdi yoooooooo

  30. Anonymous
    December 15, 2012

    Can the IPO investigate retroactively?? An investigation into the 99 year lease to Mr Eddison James assign to himself on the quarry stone crushing deal he set up at Melville Hall where he position himself for the potential construction of an international Airport, he was the Prime Minister then. Mr Linton can you shed some light on this. Since you’re bringing out the truth we would to hear your views on that matter. Was there a conflict with Mr James action????

  31. dissident
    December 15, 2012

    This IPO commission should be thrown out in the garbage. It will work for a different administration, not dis DLP administration in office. Dis commission is heavily influenced by the ruling party. Dem man can’t even show us young people how to hold our society together. When all u old all u will see what we going to do all u. U see how today’s elderly talk about ‘ de good old days’? I warning all u. Best all u go and retire overseas because these acts all u committing will haunt all u minds in de not too distant future. U will be so scared not even local food u will want to eat lest u get ‘poisoned’. Don’t take this for granted. U playing with people’s very life here. Do not say young people dis and see how DA come. We are creating a society that soon DLP followers will soon run from like all who ran from DA during and after de events of May 1979.

    It will happen again I have no doubts.

    One of these days in the not too distant future all u DLP sympathizers will run from DA. Some of u setting u all u documents already.

    Please. Let us trash dat d*** IPO.

    Dat IPO can go to HELL. GO TO HELL. GO TO HELL!!!!

  32. Me & I
    December 15, 2012

    One day, I tell you one day, You will pay. Remember that song by Calypso Rose?

    • ()
      December 16, 2012

      HE KNOWS THAT….WHEN IT’S ALL OVER, he Must Must Must answer questions,about his reign of terror,during which the country and its institutions were demolished.Opponents were hounded to the hilt, and the rule of law was non-existent.

  33. GWATANCE
    December 15, 2012

    With all this continuous controversies in our Coutry the suggestion to change the names of the Diable mountains as a necessity and acceptable. The correct French translation to Mount Aux Diable is Mount to the Devil(as a dedication)
    WHAT NEXT?

  34. Dominican
    December 15, 2012

    I sometimes wish i could express myself in the way I would want to in a comment, but DNO won’t allow that so readers please read between the following lines,

    I think it’s time we get rid of those ************.. by any means possible because this administration from the captain down to the cook ( from the PM down) including the past and present SO CALLED head of state, head of state my … if you can’t be head of your own tongue brain and hands, to say think and to do what you know is right for the people of the country then what head of state are you, but don’t be bothered when the chicken come back to roost they will be coming to your homes ( YOUR CHILDREN, GRAND CHILDREN AND FUTURE GENERATION WILL BE THE IDIOTS AND JAIL BIRDS OF TOMORROW, THINK OF IT NOW BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.

  35. Anonymous
    December 15, 2012

    Skerrit has yet again managed to flip the bird at Dominica. In this instance, by desecrating the very institution set up to prevent such desecration. It is galling!

    In light of the overall stench in DA in regards to the PM and the country’s constitution,
    the chairman should step down from his position for allowing Skerrit to yet again get away with undermining due process.

    The sole purpose of the IPO is to be a watchdog so it needs strong, smart, honourable members who will not be intimidated and unfortunately the current chairman has demonstrated that he does not fully grasp the absolute neccessity for 1. the IPO to be seen as implacable, fearless and uncorruptible and 2. for Dominicans, especially our youth, to see the system working. To see zero tolerance for BS.

    Now, due to the Chairman’s ruling I have no faith in the IPO. None. Thanks to the cunning of Skerit’s lawyers and the IPO’s gross mismanagement of their antics and drama, Lennox’s claim is undermined so no matter the result there is now a heavy pall of doubt and suspision and overall scorn for the IPO.

    • Lol
      December 15, 2012

      The head of the IPO is even more of a …………… Eunuch than someone once described Lennox himself many yrs ago when he LL attacked a Doctor unnecessarily because of party differences. What he did not knowor forgot then was that his parents had taught that doctor in Primary school too like himself the doctor did make a fool of him with prose.
      Despite LL’s good effort the IPO chair has made a bigger fool of himself despite not being a handsome guy by any means he goes on to show his triple standards. A former black power advocate turn Mamo’s right hand man what a shame another Eunuch LL you have company. Did some one talk about who making baby in 2012 or 2013 with artifical insemination like cattle. Chair of IPO grow some balls mamo had more than you it appears.

    • Citizen
      December 16, 2012

      Remember people NO LAW NO CONSTITUTION CAN TOUCH HIM .
      We ARE ALL Roaches AND” SHOULD GO TO HE’LL ”
      THIS COUNTRY IS TO FREE AFTER ALL?

  36. DESIE
    December 15, 2012

    i hope they know is on bubbles name the villas are.

    another dead end. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    • Jay
      December 16, 2012

      No, they are not. They are owned by Blaircourt, of which bubbles is the director, not necessarily the owner.

  37. drlee
    December 14, 2012

    Corruption madness. Skerrit your days are numbered.

    • anonymous2
      December 16, 2012

      He doesn’t think so and neither does Obama. Time for action.

  38. Doc. Love
    December 14, 2012

    Please Mr. Linton,keep on doing what you are doing,many Dominicans including me are praying for you. All those red boyz like Socrates, Tony, Rosevelt and Alick who want to hold you responsible for bringing this beautiful land of our into disrepute, one day you will be exculpated, how long, not long.

    • Doc. Love
      December 15, 2012

      What is an Enquiry.

      A search for knowledge.
      A systematic investigation of a matter of public interest.
      Seeking or request for truth,information or knowledge.

  39. law and Order
    December 14, 2012

    Ok, in the interest of the country will the PM please answer the charges. If he is innocent then he will be vindicated. If he is guilty ascharged then he should do the honourable thing and resign from his position on some grounds as ill health or take study leave,but for the sake of the country young democratic process he should please answer the charges.

  40. 100 % Dominican
    December 14, 2012

    Mr. Skeritt, your lawyers are now raising the issue of Mr. Emmanuel’s car having been towed away, again entering into a PUBLIC discussion on PUBLIC RADIO about a case in which none of you SUPPOSEDLY have any interest. They are doing so knowing that this public discussion of this matter, initiated by them, is liable to, in my humble opinion, compromise the victims chances in this case. How convenient my brother for this issue to be raised TWO YEARS after the event when the police are OBVIOUSLY dragging their feet and have been all these years! How convenient when they are the ones with the responsibility to collect and secure evidence. Who should know better than the police what procedures should be followed in order to secure a case? Who are the police working for?? THE POLICE SHOULD ALWAYS BE WORKING IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST!!!!!!!! YES, IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST!!! That is why certain cases are taken up, particularly when there are questions as to whether or not they should be pursued, they are taken up purely IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST!!!!!

    That is why Lennox keeps rightly stating that he is not pursuing anything as “Lennox Linton” but instead he is raising PUBLIC INTEREST ISSUES because they relate to persons in public office positions spending public money for which they refuse account or abusing their positions for personal gain.

    The police, if they operate in the interest of the public, would have relentlessly pursued this case and properly collected and safeguarded the evidence AS IS REQUIRED OF THEM IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE! The gentleman, even if he had kept the car, THE KEY PIECE OF EVIDENCE AS IT RELATES TO THIS CRIME, in his garage for the full period of the investigation and until the case went to court, HE STILL WOULD HAVE BEEN CHALLENGED BY THE OPPOSING ATTORNEYS if the there was an attempt to use this piece of ‘evidence’ as it would have been in a position in his garage where, over the period
    awaiting trial, IT WAS OPEN TO CONTAMINATION. Therefore, the failure of the POLICE to secure that vehicle and to keep it secure until trial, has compromised the case of the victim, Mr. Emmanuel and on that basis, maybe he has grounds on which to sue the police and the government by extension!

    Now they are yet again attempting to compromise a medium by which you, as a representative of the people, may have the opportunity to account to THE PEOPLE in your position as a PUBLIC SERVANT, that which is your position on a matter important to THE PEOPLE in maintaining accountability, transparency and the rule of law in Dominica. They have done it before on your behalf and on the behalf of others with whom you work. A glaring example is that which was done in order to facilitate you not bringing forth your passport in order to frustrate the process seeking to establish whether or not you actually had one and at what point your had obtained it, how many times you had used it etc. HOW MANY TIMES ARE WE GOING TO HAVE THESE ATTEMPTS BY YOUR LAWYERS TO BLOCK OR OBSTRUCT THE TRUTH? I wish you would come clean and tell us ARE YOU PAYING FROM YOUR INCOME, MR. ASTAPHAN AND OTHERS TO REPRESENT YOU? IF NOT, ARE THESE LEGAL REPRESENTATIONS BEING PAID FOR FROM STATE COFFERS? IF THEY ARE BEING PAID FOR FROM STATE FUNDS, HOW MUCH HAS BEEN SPENT TO DATE ON LEGAL FEES FOR ALL THE DIFFERENT REPRESENTATIONS MADE? WOULD IT NOT BE CHEAPER AND SIMPLER TO SIMPLY CONFRONT THE ALLEGATIONS BY PRESENTING YOUR SIDE OF THE STORY AND IF NOT, WHY? WE DESERVE THE TRUTH SIR!! WE DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS!!!!!!!!!! WE DESERVE ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT. BE FAIR MR. SKERITT!! Be fair fellow Dominicans!!!!!!!!

  41. DREAMER
    December 14, 2012

    Alas i feel sorry for those blue bugs who have hatred growing in their hearts. i hope the hatred choke all you.

    • Cant't Find a Job
      December 16, 2012

      It will not choke them, they ugly already

    • u foolish
      December 16, 2012

      which hatred…it look like u hate ur country.. u maybe well hungry and cana buy for christam… u probably just at ur home and u will support a man da eating u and ur children food and givin u crumbs… it look like u is dem rat dat all about eatin crumbs from de master

    • ()
      December 16, 2012

      Your name so aptly describes who you are Mr Dreamer.What you forgot in all your ignorance is that the truth does not, and will never choke.
      Why do you think that Linton is still there today, and is more powerful than he was ten or twenty years ago?…You must start respecting the truth Mr Dreamer.

  42. Serious patriot
    December 14, 2012

    I await the verdict and action to be taken in this transparent derailment effort.
    If he walks I will enter the political arena.
    Upon winning everyone look out more so the lawyers. there will be no trail for you s***heads I’ll play momopoly with your freedom.
    let it be remembered let it be done.

    • Another patriot
      December 15, 2012

      SP , you make sense. T’was events such as these which propeled Fidel,Maurice ,Boutassea in Surinam
      Rawlins in Ghanabetween the 50’s and 70’s. Ask the lawyer from the west coast who now joine Tony A up in st.Aroma who’s dwelling is now an empty ness and being rented to the Sinos.
      The one who changes party more frequently than he does his underwears.From DLM to DLP to UWP to new DFP-DLP.Ask him also when is he going to join the traditional DFP.

      • Another Patriot
        December 16, 2012

        Empty Nest it suppose to read building. Someone told me he grew up in a boute chambre on the west coast so he wanted to prove somethng to his villagers now he cannot live in it.He should recall the MACO in NY to come back so they can occupy it.But the Maco refuse to come home.

    • Seriously?
      December 16, 2012

      How many jobs have you created in Dominica?

      HOW MUCH TAXES DO YOU PAY?

      How many businesses do you own?

      Do you pay Domlec and not use a generator to generate your own lights?

      Where we you in May 1979 , August 1979, and December 1981?

  43. Just me
    December 14, 2012

    When we do good things from this inner desire, there is kindness in everything we think, say, want and do. Mr. Linton is not doing this for him; it’s for Dominica and the people of Dominica. It is sad to read how some people are trying to make this struggle a Lenox Linton issue, he can easily leave like many others have done, but he is using the platform that he has to enlighten us. Without him many of us would be lost. Thanks Mr. Linton, we will continue to pray for you and your family, I know at times the days look dark, but the lord said that, WEEPING MAY ENDURE FOR A NIGHT, IN THIS CASE TOO MANY NIGHTS BUT JOY COMEHT IN THE MORNING AND THIS CASE WHEN IT COME IT WILL BE MANY MORNINGS OF JOY.. Wish there were braver and more confidence people who also have a platform like Mr. Linton, would step out and lead these fights for justice in Dominica and the Dominican people.

  44. December 14, 2012

    We Dominican . are very ungrateful.but there a god

    • Harry
      December 16, 2012

      Ungrateful to who. If Dominicans are to be grateful to SKERRIT you are a darn fool.. The politicians are suppose to be grateful to the people sakwais ort.

    • ROSEAU VALLEY
      December 16, 2012

      Unfortunately, your comment is unclear. But I agree with you if you mean that Dominicans are ungrateful for voting the DLP after Lennox told us of all the corruption leading up to the elections in 2005 and if one wishes to criticize Lenox today for attempting to hold Skerrit accountable- indeed, that would be ungratefulness to the max

      Respectfully
      Roseau Valley

  45. John Paul
    December 14, 2012

    I want to be like Mr. Depooter and organize a VIGIL on Christmas Day in the night till day break!
    Everybody bring a BIG BALENN and Your lighter .
    Spritual Fire to counteract the Material Fire
    “We will give them Candle in their good teeth!”

    Makes more sense in Creole

  46. Too Much !
    December 14, 2012

    Its just a big shame that some people are allowed to manipulate the justice system like that just to protect one man. How is he able to face the Dominican public, knowing he is at fault but just being able to get of the hook because he has the power too. I wonder how much money has been paid over the years towards his defense and where does the money come from. Is this love of country or love of self , Mr pm?

  47. Truth be told
    December 14, 2012

    So many young and talented Dominicans out there achieving greatness and here at home we have a *** in the kitchen! Prime Minister sa la, when your day come! Gadaffi had his day, Saddam had his day, when your day come we putting you out of those villas tootoonee!

  48. mADEA
    December 14, 2012

    my god what is dominica’s prime minister, or should i say ***** minister instead, is he has done nothing wrong… surely all these postpnements means he is hiding something or he has something to hide… now preisdent obama could never do something like this. if he is called to give evidence or to attend an inquiry he has to… that is democracy. not the hypocricy i see happening in dominica… lord nous pwi… madea say so… :lol: :lol: :lol:

  49. 4progress
    December 14, 2012

    DNO….

    Do you know what will happen in the intervening period ?????. Will the panel change ???? Will the case be referred to some other body/IPO 2

  50. Oh yes
    December 14, 2012

    Not surprised by the way things are going. When mediocrity exercises jealousy the natural outcome is symptoms of corruption in a state gone wild. The machinations are all linked and the various parts sport each other. My point is the weakest link will eventually be broken and truth will prevail.

  51. Frenz
    December 14, 2012

    How do these men look their children iand grand children in their faces and ask them to be honest. In Tony’s case his grand nieces and nephews.
    How does bubbles get up in the morning pray to his god then walk out of his door with 8 big lies right in his face. How does in stand infront of a congregation preaching about baundaries yet he is surrounded by one of the greatest lie in the history of our country- not crabs.
    I cannot phantom the idea the religious folks will sit by and not condemn this growing trend of dishonesty, corruption in government and institutions.
    Who wants to invest in a country so plagued by blatant corruption , injustice and idiots in government leadership positions .

    S

    • Niles Baclay/ Celo G
      December 15, 2012

      Frenz is crazy. How can you talk about the people you mentioned and honesty be used in the same sentence? you must be crazy.

  52. ??????????????
    December 14, 2012

    PM the IPO cannot charge you nah PM. PM the IPO cannot send you to Stocky nah PM. PM is only questions we the IPO want you to answer to. PM is only after you are interrogated we that a determination will be made on the course of action to follow .
    So why all the trembling, wailing and gnashing of your teeth. Why all the clod sweat? why all the diarrhea.
    To Linton my brother i salute you. I have you on a pedestal. You are highly intelligent individual,you are beyond the intellect of senoir councils. You have integrity and character in profusion, and you are a real patriot and statesman.People like you make me feel proud to be a Dominican, because believe me, over the past decade or so, our country has been plundered by bad leaders and leadership.Keep on doing what you are doing. I know the other side is at work contriving to have you defeated, but brother your indomitable spirit,is parallelled to that of Jaco Congoree and the other freedon fighters of many years ago. Thanks to you parents, wife and relatives for giving to Dominica such a fine son/ statesman.

  53. No Law............
    December 14, 2012

    A few oui who have so many thousands of Dominicans in so much twaka and dayba. Really 3 members of IPO Commission voted in support of Skerritt’s Lawyers to squash the proceedings. The Chairman, who is not neutral, is added to the IPO list of supporters to protect and prevent investigations. Putting a spoke in the wheels of justice. Crooking the IPO itself. The few Stalling the IPO from carrying out its mandate, its functions according to our Laws, to investigate officials in Public life, in Govt.

    3 other members voted against Skerritt’s Lawyers to squash the investigation. True patriots.

    Community policing dead. Who would want to assist police to fight crimes, when they see and hear “Big wigs” consistently manipulating the justice system and trying to evade justice? like the old saying, “The few escaping with murder in broad daylight.” Meantime poor people and those with no influence, those who know nobody, those who don’t know people who know people are brought before the courts, fined, jailed.

    • Prison Sup
      December 15, 2012

      we should reslease the prisoners and put in the gov’t all the lawyers police and other DFP DLP and uwp ites

  54. December 14, 2012

    you can run but you cannot hide, skerrit!

    justice is closing in on you

    lennox linton was right after all

  55. Anonymous
    December 14, 2012

    why can dominican move on ? why when is out he dont argreed that he is out ? how did the prime minister get in there? why cant we move on for heavens sake? GIVE DE MAN A BRAKE

    • awa wi
      December 15, 2012

      why we doh give everybody a break? jus open d jail stockfarm an say all man free to go home we giving allyu a break!

  56. December 14, 2012

    Whether or not Tony and Skertit play legal poker and tampering these 8 villa ownership issue is NEVER EVER going to go away until the state confiscate not just the villas but more of the illgotten gain. Let us not forget that the villa is tied to 42 charges, Denny, Sick Seco, Bubble’s Christian conscience, BJ’s added burdens and guilt, Tony’s mounting lies, fire bomb. SOMETHING GOT TO GIVE.
    THE TRUTH NEVER LIES NOR SLEEP

  57. anonymous
    December 14, 2012

    “According to a source with reliable information on the matter, “there was a debate as to whether they (Skerrit’s) lawyers were entitled to be heard and since Davidson Bruney cannot deliberate on the matter it was taken to a vote (at the IPO Commission) which ended at 3-3 … the chairman then had to break the deadlock and he voted to have the matter pushed to January 7, 2013.”.. is this a kangaroo court?

    • Willow
      December 16, 2012

      Julian Johnson, Former Cabinet Secretary is the Chairman of the IPO

  58. IluvmyPm
    December 14, 2012

    Dem Q.C Lawyers will sufferrrrrr for their wickedness mark my words

  59. Jude Nicholas
    December 14, 2012

    The truth must be told. This is a political lynching by Mr Babs Dyer, Anthony Laronde and Gerald Smith on the Commission. These three men are going against the legal advise paid for by the Commission to fulfill their political ends.

    Mr Skerrit cannot get justice in this situation and under these condition.

    Dissolve the integrity Commission Period!

    • ROSEAU VALLEY
      December 16, 2012

      Jude Nicholas, Winston Warrington, Peeping Tom and other such names are that of the same person using this medium to advance a partisan point of view in defense of the cancer of corruption that is killing our society.

      DNO Admin should consider hiding or deleting such comments due to their poor taste, lack of objectivity, highly partisan-narrow line of reasoning, and low public rating.
      I suggest the above with all due respect for our freedom of speech entitlement. However, the comments of Peeping Tom and those posted under other blog names are becoming a public nuisance and hastening the decay of the society.

      Respectfully
      Roseau Valley

      • Peeping Tom
        December 16, 2012

        LOL!

        :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

        So, ROSEAU VALLEY, it is ok for you to defend your partisan views but you get vex when another does so? You even want to shut them up! Is this your brand of democracy? Is this the kind of democracy of which you so often speak? See how comical you look, ROSEAU VALLEY?!

        BTW, why are you so obsessed with the thumbed “public ratings” used here, which you ought to know can be produced and reproduced at will? You have me wondering how many times you liked or disliked a comment, ROSEAU VALLEY!!

        Stop crying, garsan, and behave yourself while you are at it:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  60. December 14, 2012

    Keep hiding but yoursins will find you. TONY and Alick have already started seeing the fruits.

  61. Doh Hate de man so
    December 14, 2012

    All you to sot. The Prime Minister cannot give himself concessions. It has to go to the appropriate committee which we all know is a quasi-government agency that has its own board of directors and governance structure.

    It is that organisation that makes the necessary determination before concessions can ever be granted. The organisation has to satisfy itself that the persons or company seeking concessions is first of all a fit and proper person; hence its due diligence has to be above board since the officers of that organisation has to make a case to a committee that comprises public servants with the necessary expertise in income tax and VAT Law and Regulations. The Social Security also has to file a no objection after it too has conducted its due diligence process.

    Before this recommendation can be made to the committee the owners of the business venture , in this case Blair Court has to submit its business plan, and particulars of its financial plan and sources of funds.

    If there is any discrepancy as far as sources of funds go the recommendation will never be brought to the committee for approval. The deliberations of the committee is recorded thus minutes are available and the position of all members of the committee is so noted.

    When that exercise is completed satisfactorily then a Cabinet Paper is prepared on behalf of the Minister with responsibility for the granting of concessions which the Present Prime Minister has never held that ministry in the years he has been serving as an elected member of the house since February 2000.

    In Cabinet the Prime Minister cannot unilaterally approve any matter that is before Cabinet. The same way the US Congress members lobby each other to support their petitions is the same way Cabinet members conduct themselves in Dominica.

    In the granting of concessions Cabinet members are always interested in the inputs, activities, processes, outputs, outcomes, and impacts that the concessions will have for the Country of Dominica and the risks if any on their constituencies.

    We must stop playing the childish games with the electorate. The opposition must come better than that.

    There is nothing wrong with Mr. Linton making his allegation. The problem is the potential lack of objectivity from persons who hold out themselves in institutions that are to be in the public interest but potentially negate that sacred duty of trust and facilitate political bias because of hidden agendas.

    Rightly or wrongly the journalist has too much sway over the members of the opposition who are part of the IPO. Perception is reality. An apology cannot substitute for defaming a man’s reputation. Skerrit’s lawyers are doing an excellent job in defending him. The opposition on the other hand is making too much political mileage and should have exercised better judgment. Had it not been the intervention of the Bishop of Roseau in 2002 the planned commission of inquiry into allegations of corruption by the UWP would have gone forward and we all knew how much weight the Political leader of the UWP had lost then!!!

  62. goldteeth
    December 14, 2012

    come forward my pm u told us u clean and i believed you. dont allow me to bow my head in shame

  63. Truth Starved.
    December 14, 2012

    When, WILL IT EVER END? Will there ever be truth and justice in this land? Will we ever hear or know the truth? Well we have heard the truth but will it ever prevail? How long can we go on being governed this way? LORD HELP US ! If we can change the name of our mountains, then there must be other things in this country that we should be able to change.

    • T
      December 14, 2012

      It would be naive of you and me to say that we do not know the truth. Thousands of other Dominicans know the truth, and nothing less than the truth…They cannor hide it. It is exploding in their faces.
      LINTON YOU DESERVE ‘Man You Really Deserved Man of the Year we Garcon.”

  64. james
    December 14, 2012

    Soooorrrry Linton you lost with your “l” again

    • Anonymous
      December 14, 2012

      What is your POINT :?:

    • December 14, 2012

      I do believe that folks like u make other D’icans who knows right from wrong look foolish but we all know better because for the life of me why a you do d…..m stupid put your party politic aside ask youself what is it that Skerrit is afraid of what will the public learn once the case goes forward try to comprehend those thoughts instead of saying Mr.Linton lost he haven lost anything D’icans will be the ones who will be the loosers and that includes you.

      By the way remember Mr.Linton is the man of the year and it’s because of his deep investigating style and the results that makes him the person he is and we love him even if you a jealous of him

    • ROSEAU VALLEY
      December 14, 2012

      Comment shoud be highlighted in red or hidden or deleted by Admin due to poor taste and rating.
      Respectfully
      Roseau Valley

    • ROCKIT
      December 15, 2012

      how much will you benefit from all the resource skerrit has stolen from our treasury, nothing, now and then he will give you a fifty dollars to buy rum but yet you support his wrong doings with you eyes open.. you remind me of the hatians that allowed their leader to steal all haiti’s resourse now they extremly poor….
      party politics has made people like you foolish and mad

  65. Watch Dog
    December 14, 2012

    But I “fought” (condi mun wozo) that he said he welcomed the investigation ? So what happen now? What he fraid? The 28 chapters frighten him or what?

    • ?
      December 14, 2012

      He used to Bay Gay Yeah telling people go to the IPO, Go to the IPO, but as usual he speaks from many corners of his mouth.

  66. L.I.A.R
    December 14, 2012

    8-O :oops: 8-O

  67. Referee
    December 14, 2012

    I have not yet joined the wide cross section of Dominica society that has voiced praise and admiration for the work of Lennox Linton, so this news of the IPO prsents me with the opportunity to add my voice in his praise for the important investigative work that this outstanding journalist and patriot is pursuing on behalf of all freedom loving Dominicans.
    But it is with a sense of sadness, not joy, that I feel compelled to comment on a matter that speaks to the integrity the administration headed by Rossevelt Skerrit.
    We can adhere to the legal niceties and preface our remarks by noting that Mr. Skerrit is innocent until proven guilty. And indeed he should be presumed to be innocent of the charges until the IPO completes its work.
    But what saddens me is the repetitive nature of the allegations surrounding Mr. Skerrit. We now know, for instance, that he and/or his agents refunded the Treasury for “overbilling”, in a garbage bin scheme, to state the case euphemistically, an act that was so brazen and shocking to advocates of transparency in government.
    Then there is this whale on the beach, the unresolved case of the attempted murder of a retired magistrate and the role allegedly played by the personal lawyer of the prime minister. People of all political stipes are free to speculate where this investigation could lead if we had a truly professional police force, unencumbered by political influence and manipulation. But sadly we may never know.
    So what we are left with is a plethora accusations, some very credible in my view, and no avenue to obtain a full and fair accounting that can withstand the light of day.

    Interestingly, we hear of arrests of public officials on corruption charges in two of the remaining British colonies in the region, Cayman islands and Turks and Caicos Islands.
    In light of developments in these British colonies it is reasonable to ask whether the constitution the British handed down to us contains sufficient safeguards against corruption and whether more robust provisions allowing for arrests of sitting government ministers should have been included in the constitution.
    The model we should all aspire to emulate is the Israeli political culture that allows for the arrests and prosecution of government officials including cabinet ministers who violate the law they took an oath to defend.
    We are a long way from the Israeli model but if we are to remain a democratic state dedicated to the rule of law and the principles that form the foundation of democracy such as transparency and accountability in government, we need a credible IPO with members whose own integrity is above question or reproach.
    I am not sure if we are anywhere close to where we ought to be.

    • %
      December 14, 2012

      @ Referee A Good piece. I ALSO ADMIRE HUGELY LENNOX LINTON.

    • December 14, 2012

      And that’s what we all have to do look at the facts laid out and follow it see where it takes us instead some of us refuse to see the evidence instead we see the person who brings it to us, we hate him for the work he does look we just had the Leader of the Islam faith telling us what and how he see’s our Island and how he took pride in our anthem which is so powerfull, I agree with you I dont know what or where it will take us but by the grace of God I can just hope we are moving forward and that one day D’ica will start turning around for the better.

    • Peeping Tom
      December 14, 2012

      It is ironic that some can scream for the rule of law yet, when that law is being administered, they reject it! I say this rejection is precisely the kind of threat to our democracy that we should all be concerned about, not suppositions, creative or stretched imaginations, and scintillating narratives. Instead, focus on the efforts of persons to dismiss the law when it does not serve their selfish and wicked ends. These persons are the real enemies of the State. It is they who are threatening the very democratic principle of equality before the law and the supremacy of that law.

      The law is the law. It cannot be selective. If you guys are genuinely interested in democracy and all the fanciful concepts you wish to spit about, well, let all sides in this IPO effort be guided by the law, even though we may not like their tactics.

      All these repeated screams of “corruption” and a guilty PM will not make the PM guilty if he is innocent of the accusations. The only way we can know the truth is to allow the Commission to function in as fair an environment as is possible, considering the politically-charged nature of the allegations.

      • ROSEAU VALLEY
        December 16, 2012

        I concur. The law is the law. See my comments above.

        Respectfully
        Roseau valley

    • Bird's Eye
      December 15, 2012

      Your comments above, Referee, reignites the debate in my mind about why most Dominicans seem apathetic about issues of governance and exhibit little outrage, by and large, even if there is a growing body of evidence, some speculative but sufficiently wheighty and credible to cause alarm.

      I am not sure how to explain this growing passivity but I can only guess that some are content to simply live and mind their own business, not wanting to rock the boat, especially if their job depends on the benevolence of the one they might criticize.
      So life becomes a trade off between economic interests and moral and ethical considerations. The former easily trumps the latter. And this might partially explain the ranks of the Silent Majority, those who see no evil, know no evil, hear no evil. To them, Skerrit can do as he pleases so long as their bread continues to get “buttered”.

      Corruption? What corruption?

  68. Bull Crap
    December 14, 2012

    Typical
    Take the easy way out instead of doing you all damm job.

  69. Morihei Ueshiba
    December 14, 2012

    That country is doomed u hear me doomed a corrupt wicked society. Dominica will never prosper as long as skerrit is prime minister crime will rise more and the economy will plummet more then they will say it is Global, carry on Dominicans carry on destroy your country and turn a blind eye to corruption at the top, only the small drug fellas get punished :cry:

    • Anonymous
      December 14, 2012

      @Morihei You can say that again.And the signs of a failing,rotten, corrupt, putrid,rougish, society /Dominica is there for all and sundry to see.

  70. kevin
    December 14, 2012

    This just shows who is in charge of the justice system.

  71. Lougaoo Mem
    December 14, 2012

    We the patriots shall never let this drag on forever, neither shall we allow it to be covered as they are trying with the Gon Emmanuel’s Christmas fire-bombing. Every politician must be held accountable for their actions, because “WE THE PEOPLE” elected them to provide good representation and governance of the nation. No one is above the LAW, eventhough Mister Skerrit thinks so. The lawyers who continue to manipulate the judicial system, must understand that the day will come when the wheels of justice will turn, then, they the evildoers will burn. So Help Me God!

    • Peeping Tom
      December 14, 2012

      While you are at it, hold the UWPwee accountable for its years of self-exile from parliament while they cashed the cheques that we paid them. And, do not forget to hold it accountable for the near death of the Parliamentary Accounts Committee; that committee headed by the UWPwee with the mandate to monitor government expenditure and hold the government accountable. Imagine this, your UWPwee is armed with the power to drag senior administration members to a meeting and compel them to explain their management of our finances. Yet, the lazy UWPwee chose instead to pocket the money we paid them each month and leave this critical work undone. Yes, let us hold them accountable for that too!

      Oh, and before i forget, let us go back to the reign of the UWPwee and hold it accountable for its sins too. Then again, probably you are too young to know or too old to care. Or, maybe you are just selective in your sense of justice and your understanding of “accountability!” Either way, before you pontificate about “accountability” first, you and your UWPwee boys must look in the mirror.

      • Malatete
        December 16, 2012

        Tom, just to remind you. It are not the UWP, the DLP or the DFP that are subject of the IPO enquiry. It are Mr. Skerrit’s personal behaviour and actions that are being probed, no more no less. Stop making a polital issue of this. It is not!

      • ROSEAU VALLEY
        December 16, 2012

        Comment shoud be hidden or deleted due to its poor taste, lack of objectivity, highly partisan and narrow line of reasoning, and low public rating- with all due respect for our freedom of speech entitlement.

        Respectfully
        Roseau Valley

      • Peeping Tom
        December 16, 2012

        ROSEAU VALLEY: “Comment shoud be hidden or deleted due to its poor taste, lack of objectivity, highly partisan and narrow line of reasoning, and low public rating- with all due respect for our freedom of speech entitlement.”

        :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  72. Doc. Love
    December 14, 2012

    Cowards,Cowards,Cowards,Carpoun.

    • him
      December 14, 2012

      @DocLove KWARPON HE KWARPON. GWAND GEL HE HAS but he kwarpon like hell.

  73. Hmmmm....
    December 14, 2012

    There is none so blind…!

    • him
      December 14, 2012

      @ Hmmmmmmm As he who will not see. Carr………. will not see the truth. Good Day Mr G O N.

    • thxs
      December 15, 2012

      That they cannot see, help us all lord

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