Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s legal team is demanding that Thompson Fontaine pays $250,000 in compensation to Skerrit.
Government has said that it believes Fontaine is the source of claims that PM Skerrit was involved in the sale of a Dominican passport to Darwood Ibrahim, a notorious Indian national.
The government has denied granting or selling the passport and said the claims are an attack on Dominica and on the Prime Minister.
Senior Counsel Tony Astaphan, of Skerrit’s legal team, said on Monday that Fontaine is being given “the opportunity” to retract the allegations and apologize within 14 days, before the matter is taken to court.
“It is improper to just sue somebody without giving them to opportunity to apologise or to pay damages. That is precisely what it is that the prime minister has done. He has followed the protocol that says you must write first, and if there is not an appropriate response then you must sue,” Astaphan said.
“The prime minister said enough is enough. He is not going to tolerate Thompson Fontaine seeking to destroy his reputation and the reputation of the country and the integrity of the Dominican passport by a sustained attack of lies and misinformation,” he added.