Lawyers for Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit intend to file a defamation case against economist Thompson Fontaine by the end of the year.
They believe Fontaine started allegations that Skerrit was involved in the selling or granting of a Commonwealth of Dominica passport to Darwood Ibrahim, a notorious Indian national, and have requested that Fontaine pays damages of EC$250,000.
“We have done a draft of the case; we are discussing it with the Prime Minister. By the end of this year, the case will be filed on behalf of Roosevelt Skerrit,” Senior Counsel Tony Astaphan said.
Astaphan disclosed last month that Skerrit’s legal team had given Thompson Fontaine 14 days to apologize for the claims and retract them or the matter will be taken to court. Fontaine has said the claims are the truth and is willing to go to court.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has denied that government ever sold or granted Ibrahim a Dominican passport, and said the claims are damaging to Dominica’s reputation.