PM’s legal team goes after Thompson Fontaine

From left: Fontaine, Astaphan, Skerrit, Ibrahim

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.

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135 Comments

  1. one view
    November 24, 2011

    I strongly believe that as citizens of this country Dominica we need to stop and ask ourselves a question. Where in the history of any other Government were there so many corruption allegations?

    I mean there is never smoke without fire, and I am a strong believer of whatever is done in the dark, one day must come out in the light. So my advice would be Dominica we need to PRAY and PRAY CONSTANTLY for truth and freedom. All this back and forth is taking it’s tole on the country.

    Come on people Mr. PM knows the truth, maybe Tony doesnt. But I know one person who know ALL and he will one day reveal it all. Nothing happens without he allowing it to happen. So all who is involved your conscience will eventually be your guide.

    Dominica it’s time to turn back to GOD.

  2. November 23, 2011

    The negative comments are from other islands and not Dominicans, DNO please look into that. You have responses from St Lucians, Bajans and other nationalities. I strongly suggest that comments are strictly prohibited on your site. Other peoples comments are infiltrating the minds of Dominicans with utter Rubbish. Dominicans don’t think negativiley like that, please do your research. There are too many FRAUDS ON THIS SITE.

  3. Travaile
    November 23, 2011

    You know what? All this drama about suing,that our dear government is into right now is just a front. If there’s one thing I am sure of is that; we have the most tactful leader in the Caribbean. I can just hear him right now with his posse- ” okay it’s working,we’re consuming, baffling and overwhelming them with this drama so we have ample time to work around our wonderful people and supporter as we successfully carry out our next money making scheme.” THINK ABOUT THIS, HE’S GOT US RIGHT WHERE HE WANTS US. AT THE PALM OF HIS HANDS. LIKE SHEEP TO THE SLAUGHTER. :twisted:

  4. November 22, 2011

    Dominicans you think you are an annexation of the USA but you are not. What you are doing is taking the same high road to hell with them in that hand basket. My people just look and learn, look where Democracy is taking America.Straigt to the land of the destitutes and down trodden. So wake up and smell that natural beauty and stop thinking you all are AMERI-CANS. Stop selling your country short. You all sound very much like the Republicans in America that will do anything in their power to destroy Obama.

    “You know how the saying goes. You never miss the water till the well runs dry.”

  5. Graduado
    November 22, 2011

    WELL IF DR FONTAINE HAS A RIGHT TO SAY WHAT HE WANTS THEN THE P.M AS A CITIZEN TOO HAS SURELY HAS A RIGHT TO SEEK REDRESS –NO BIG TING THAT, WITH FREEDOM OF SPEECH/WRITING COMES RESPONSIBILITY SO DO IT AT YOUR OWN RISK

  6. Aye Dominique
    November 22, 2011

    I really agree that if you put this legal team in a barrel, you shake it and open it up you will not get one good legal person…..hence the reason for our mess. You mean to tell me that this is how these people go about advising clients…..come on now…..

    The truth is, I don’t think not even the immigration office has a good idea as to who have and who doesn’t have a passport. This is the truth, the way that passports are being handled…….

    However, for a born Dominican to get one, just in case theirs went missing or something of that sort is a run for their money from these immigration officers….

    I tell you, Dominica has a big sign written all over it “SOLD OUT”

  7. ,,,,,,,,,,
    November 22, 2011

    You deserve a HEROIC welcome back home…Dominica has been asking for men like you for years.. LOVE YOU DOCTOR…

  8. Anonymous
    November 22, 2011

    You will never succeed in spoiling or destroying Dr Fontaine’s reputation….THOUSANDS OF US SHOULD GO TO MELVILLEHALL TO HAIL HIS ARRIVAL BACK TO DOMINICA…

  9. .
    November 22, 2011

    What is going on there is a scare tactic..Skerrit and the cabal realises that Dr Fontaine’s popularity has soared (increased) by leaps and bounds over the past few weeks, so they are trying their dirty tricks to throw red herrings around…We should go and welcome Dr Fontaine at Melvillehall whenever he is returning, and go to town in a massive moto cade…DR FONTAINE PLEASE RETURN ON A SUNDAY…Enough with rogue leaders and rogue government in Dominica…LOVE YOU DOCTOR..

  10. November 22, 2011

    PM ,we support you on “HAVE YOUR SAY” on DBS and we’ll support you on DNO. These guys want to destroy the name of Dominica in the International arena. Thy’re a bunch hungry, power thirsty…….God Bless Skeritt and DLP.

  11. 1979
    November 22, 2011

    I would like to take the opportunity to apologize to the Administrator and staff of
    Dominica News Online, for certain comments that I have made that must have been very disturbing to those moderating. At times, I become overly passionate about the issues that are affecting me and will affect my children’s future and so lose my composure. I thank Admin for Tolerating me at those times, I cannot being to imagine what you may think of me at those moments, however I throw myself at your mercy and forgiveness and reassure you that IN NO WAY. Do I mean you any harm. I would understand totally if you may be reluctant to take my apology as sincere since we have been repetitively at loggerheads over various issues. I would also like to thank you for providing me the medium to share my concerns with fellow Dominicans and I GIVE YOU YOUR FLOWERS TODAY, BECAUSE WITHOUT YOU MANY OF US WOULD NOT HAVE A VOICE. Dominicans we must continue to empower DNO and other members of the Media to take up the cause of the people and to create a society which DEMANDS ACCOUNTABILITY from those who are in positions impacting the lives of MANY…. I nominate Mr. Merrick Andrews for The National Award of Excellence and implore to other Dominicans to stand up and protect our media people because they are the ones who will help us to create a transparent society for all of us.

    woe unto those who seek to keep us in darkness

    Sincerely
    1979

    Amicably in admins own words “bring it on Haterz”.

  12. Fairplay
    November 22, 2011

    DNO: You seem to be practising sensorship of the worst kind.
    I submitted a post pointing out the irony of Alick Lawrence acting on behalf of Skerrit in the suit against Fountaine. I observed that it is interesting that it’s the same Alick Lawrence who is one of the principal beneficiaries of the vulgar passport programme that is making him a millionaire while at the same time he is going after Fountaine for commenting on the danger that the sale of passports poses to us all Dominicans.
    Why do you find it necessary to withhold my comment from the public. Are you in effect shielding lawrence, Skerrit and Tony from criticism? Have you been given orders from the government to censure comments that they do not like? On whose side are you anyway? The people’s side, or the criminal gang that passes for a government?

  13. DE CARIBBEAN CHANGE,
    November 22, 2011

    Fontaine needs to find himself meaningful work to do with his so called Doctorate degree. He is back home after being sacked by the IMF – FUELING TROUBLE and INCITING VIOLENCE. Could not strike a job-deal with the Government for his incompetence and now he is fanning “MATT IN THE MORNING” flame.

    • Helas!
      January 26, 2017

      nonsense, he did not buy it., and you do not have one haterz

  14. DA is our Home
    November 22, 2011

    Only in Dominica…..I can understand the PM taking this guy to court if what he is saying is not the truth but i honestly think it’s in the country best interest for the PM to spend more time on the developement of Dominica instead of he say and she say. This world is being run by electronics so everything comes out and i mean everything. I haven’t seen any proof to the pastport allegations yet. The only time u cannot show a face is when it’s a child or a rape victim. Where is the proof talk is cheap. Maybe the PM might force it out in the open.

  15. Malatete
    November 22, 2011

    Did not know mr. Skerrit needed the money, that sueing for love of country would be enough reward. Maybe I’m misgtaken.

    • ?
      November 22, 2011

      Don’t worry. The money will be donated to charity

      • Asterix
        November 22, 2011

        What charity, Citizen For A Better Dominica?

  16. Donald Tusk
    November 22, 2011

    FONTAINE FILE A COUNTERSUIT IN A US COURT, FOR ALICK, TONEE & SKERRIT TO TAKE THE STAND IN A US COURT

  17. CIA on the watch
    November 22, 2011

    Dominica will soon see the results of Dr. fountain investigations when the FBI and homeland security finalize their report on Dominica sale of passports

  18. 1979
    November 22, 2011

    WAAWWWWWW, the ROYAL PRINCE has made no mention about the ATROCITY going on at PUBLIC WORKS, but he and his team are hard at work sueing……SMH my brother, That Dominicans vote for???? best we had elect a moomoo, because not for nothing we can hear the voice of our elected PRIME MINISTER??? ARE THE PEOPLE THE ENEMY???? what have we done to deserve such disregard….DONT YOU APPRECIATE OUR CHOICE TO VOTE YOU INTO OFFICE SIR:???? DID YOU VOTE FOR YOURSELF??????? DID TONY VOTE YOU TO VICTORY 18-3?????? what have we done to you PM???? ARE THE DOMINICAN PEOPLE YOUR ENEMY??? IS MY CHILD, YOUR CHILD??? AND AM I YOUR CHILD AS WELL THAT I MUST COME AND BEG YOU TO SUPPORT MY FAMILY??? JUS LIKE DADDY???? PLEASE I WANT TO HEAR SOME FEEDBACK FROM THE GHOST THAT WE VOTED…DOES HE EVEN EXIST???

    • 1979
      November 22, 2011

      LOOK all what going on in Dominica, and NO PUBLIC ADDRESS??? come on man, say something, fools us….dont just stay there quiet behind the short red microphone that always have feedback.

      • 1979
        November 22, 2011

        22nd of November and no salaries for October…..hmmmmmm I hope every Dominican will get a good taste of what we at the PWC getting…..really PM??? not a phone call, not a word??? not a pip, not a quick, not a quack???

      • 1979
        November 22, 2011

        I wonder if mister does listen to Dominican news when he travelling……I wonder, because it seems that Dominicans and their interests have been all but forgotten.

      • 1979
        November 22, 2011

        PM if i “HUSH MY MOUTH” about what i know about PWC. will you pay them?????? I don’t believe that peter should pay for paul. So if is me that talking too much about private dealings, let me know, so i will hush and those people will get paid.

    • real possie
      November 22, 2011

      For someone who suppose to be working u sure posting alot MOTS oh my bad C BRUCE oh my bad 1979.I wonder how much more names u have.

      • mouth of the south
        November 22, 2011

        u must be joking… admin can verify via i.p address location that 1979 and mots are two different bloggers… i don’t think one have to use different names to get their point across..

      • 1979
        November 22, 2011

        They say when man cheating on their woman, their paranoia does make them think that their woman doing the same thing they doing..well…… Such is the case with u my friend… U think because u have more aliases than Ibrahim Dawood, that I do as well??? sorry but though I DO use other aliases, none of those u mentioned are one of them. Let me help you…. I am executive command, critically critical, do as you please and the one and only 1979, 1979 4 eva, and 1979 LIVES!!! So sorry to disappoint.

      • real possie
        November 22, 2011

        @ 1979 DNO knows all that change thier to post on here so they can tell u i never use no other name, other than real possie.

      • c.bruce
        November 22, 2011

        No jobs in the country. The CHINESE take ALL.

        so i have plenty of time to change names

    • Oh Boy
      November 28, 2011

      The staff of Public Works as human beings I feel sorry for your family, but I saw you all were clad all in red jumping thank God for Labour, your wives and all dressing in red coming to Labour party meetings the Shop Steward’s wife was always in the forefront in LaPlaine dressed all in red. You all did not understand what was happening now they have you all in a deep red red hole. Alas, this is what it came to. Money for vote, the money finish now. What a shame!!!! :twisted: :twisted:

      • Oh Boy
        November 28, 2011

        Money for vote now the same voting beating all you a…….ss.

  19. Homeland Security
    November 22, 2011

    ADMIN: Why is it that my comments must always await moderation for such long periods of time? Am i not free to comment as anyone else or is it because you must obtain clearance prior to posting?

    • Oh Boy
      November 28, 2011

      Admin can hide the comments if they want facts are stubborn things. When the people will take to the streets, there’s nothing DNO Admin will be able to hide because it will be live. :mrgreen: :oops: :twisted:

  20. Anonymous
    November 22, 2011

    Hey Dominicans i think that we are missing the facts here.Is Ibrahim in possession of a Dominican passport.If yes, how did he obtain it.If the government denies selling Ibrahim a passport then,how did he obtained it.Are there Dominican passports leaking out.No matter how Ibrahim got his Dominican passport, it all goes back to an irresponsible Government.People there are many more passport out there I believe and maybe they leaked out too I should say.Only Ibrahim can answer the question.Ibrahim Speak up and the many others with DA passports out there speak up.

  21. What-i-know
    November 22, 2011

    November 22, 2011 Your comment is awaiting moderation. Like or Dislike: 0 0
    Dr Fontaine does not need to go to court to present us, Dominican’s with the evidence that what he has written is the truth.
    Does he?
    Why all the Drama if all he wants to do is present the evidence?
    Dr Fontaine saying its “the truth”, does not make it the truth to any reasonable person.
    The evidence that it is the truth is what determines that its really “the truth”
    I do hope that Dr Fontaine isn’t simply on an attention seeking campaign.

  22. noname
    November 22, 2011

    I hope if Skerritt win the 250 000, he will pay Public Works workers!!! Dam nonsense that happening in the Da dere!!!!

    • November 22, 2011

      And used some of it to investigate the attempt murder of Mr Emmanuel and his wife, this is what Tony, Alick and skerrit need to do, get to the core seek help from outside if the police hear cannot to the investigation,/ get the murdered, too much conflict of interest in the sinking island, tony you know the reason why you are not focusing on the attempt murder, i was i court when you follow charge you for contempt

  23. jobe
    November 22, 2011

    THIS IS SO CHILDISH FROM BOTH SIDES THOMPSON FONTAINE WITH A BUNCH OF SPECULATIONS NO CONCRETE EVIDENCE AND THE PRIME MINISTER AND HIS TEAM ASKING FOR COMPENSATION IN A PREMATURE CASE . GROW UP GUYS YOU ARE BEING TOO PETITE OVER NOTHING IT TAKE TWO TO TANGLE

    • eagles125
      November 22, 2011

      Is it ok for for someone to scandalize your name all over the wolrd? Would you stay there and take that or take action?

      Fontaine believes that he is destroying the PM name but in reality he is destroying Dominica. I agree with the PM, teach them a lesson.

      And for a christian, shame on you Dr. Fontaine for trying to bring Dominica’s name in the gutter. I am Dominica, Dr. Fontaine and your tactics will never, ever succeed.

  24. TED Lewis
    November 22, 2011

    BUWO , WAIT A MINUTE, PEEPING TOM AND WIKILEAKS , I HAVEN’T SEEN YOU ALL POSTED ON THE PWC THREAD. PLAESE I AM MISSING YOU’LL SPIN BOWLING.

    ITS SEEMS YOU ALL HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE PM TO RERSPONSE TO TALK. YES BUWO ,YOU BEEN MISSIN FOR A WHILE.

    TELL THE PM WE NEED A RESPONSE ON THE PWC SITUATION SO BUWO AND THE LIKE CAN REGORGITATE.

  25. MAD AS HELL!!!
    November 22, 2011

    Looks and sounds like intimidation to me….All to do about nothing….I do believe that Tony is making an out of himself, and in doing so,he is dragging Skerrit with him….He is opening a can of worms that they will not be able to deal with.

    It is all frivolous….Let me tell me something…Tony and his gang are bluffing.
    And Thompson should call their bluff and file a counter suit for slander and defamation of character…..force them to bring substantial and credible evidence forward in presenting their case…not hearsay…..I am telling you they won’t do it.

    First,they will not be able to prove their case…Secondly,they do not want certain information to be made public,which will, if this case goes to court…very,very damaging information that will be detriment to the “plaintiff”.

    So I think for their sake,they should let sleeping dogs lie….

    You simply cannot demand a certain amount of money from someone,and tell them if them refuse to pay up, you are going to suit that individual….That’s not how it works……
    It is almost like extortion….and that in itself is illegal.

    Are these guys Lawyers, or sets of jokers?…Childish at best,laughable at worst….
    Scare tactics just won’t work, nor can you suppress truths.

    I do believe that somebody is attempting to save face. But you can’t go about doing so by threatening to sue people….

    Another thing is maybe,it is another attempt to appease the Dominican People, sensing that they may just erupt at anytime if the People begin to believe that there may very well be some truth to the allegations….

    Blessings and Guidance….

  26. time for truth
    November 22, 2011

    I more believe the $250,000.00 law suit Tony Astaphan is asking Thomson to pay to Skeritt is nothing but a bait. I believe he is indirectly trying to offer Thomson $250,000.00 to shup short up because he, the PM, and the PM’s legal team know very well that Thomson Fountain has information that the world has not seen at all.

    Furthermore, Tony them not foolish to allow the PM speak under oath at the court. They don’t even want the man to address the nation through a press conference so there is no way they will let him speak under oath, which is what all of us would like to see happen.
    If the PM ever faces the court, questions would be raised, some big names would be called, and that’s why they have been trying to throw the Fire bumbing of Emanuel out because they know they would finally open a can of worms in Dominica.

    So yes, Tony I believe is throwing that $250.000.00 in the air to (1) See if they will not get Thompson to shut up…that will not happen though (2) As a bait, they are hoping to offer Thompson the $250,000.00 for a secret settlement. LOL

  27. Yes Sir
    November 22, 2011

    Thank you, thank you Dr Fontaine. I truly respect you Sir. We will finally get to know who are the crookes prostituting our Dominican passports. You have my full support. We will all stand firm and support you in every way dr. Fontaine. God is with you.

  28. Wtf
    November 22, 2011

    When the uwp were doing a good job in Dominica they were accused of corruption,did anyone got sued?now before u say the pm is 5feet ten and his less than than that ,all u hear about is someone getting sued. What is his main reason for being the pm?

  29. RAS B
    November 22, 2011

    Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s legal team is demanding that Thompson Fontaine pays $250,000 IN COMPENSATION TO SKERRITT.

    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.

    Is it just me? It appears strange that Dr Fontaine will supposedly be asked to pay $250,000 to Mr. Skerritt but the name of Dominica IS embroiled in the melee (maylay). Reading between the lines I cannot help but get the impression that if Tony and PM skerritt are correct the payment is to be made to Mr Skerritt but if they are wrong and they may well be, since no evidence for the assumption has been presented, It falls the responsibility of the government. The article clearly states that government and not Mr Skerritt has said!!!!! Should Dr Fontaine provide his evidence and seek to sue, who would he sue but the government of Dominica? Should he be successful, who pays? The tax payers of Dominica. Would this be considered clever by Tony and the PM or an attempt by them to Defraud the tax payers by getting them embroiled in an unecessary fight.

    It will be recalled that despite the various checks and balances which the PM outlined that was involved in the purchasing of a Dominican passport, He did not say that a check of our local records indicate that this gentleman, Darwood Ibrahim, does not have a Dominican passport; Instead he hides behind a statement which says nothing i.e.
    “We have the passport numbers issued by Interpol… Interpol has not said in its records that Mr. Ibrahim is a holder of a Dominican passport,” the Prime Minister stated.

    I believe that Dr Fontaine would have more sense than to publish material which he is unable to support with evidence, infact, every Ph.D student understands the importance of providing evidence in support of his statements. The posting of this threat should therefore not cause Dr. Fontaine to quiver.

    I must say, however, that I am worried by the attempts of the PM to hide behind the statement from interpol and to try to make the country responsible should the law suit go wrong!!!

  30. Anti-propaganda
    November 22, 2011

    Don’t worry Fontaine, Matt will hold a telethon to pay it. Just keep talking, truth not required.

  31. ineedfree
    November 22, 2011

    REAL POSSIE;
    Would you like to be in such a government THAT IS forever in and out of court…then let us JUST call them the Court government.

    That is not the way for any nation to go.

    Tell us how many governments in the world are preparing to appear before judge and jury that often.

    I think they are now embarrassing the judicial system and those individuals who have to face these people in court. Their embarrassment is even bringing them to favour these immature men who even cry in court.

    Oh Lord, what a shame.

    WHY SHOULD PEOPLE WHO BUY PASSPORTS FROM US SHOULD CHANGE THEIR NAMES….DOESNT IT TELL US OF SOMETHING SHADY THAT CAN PUT WAITIKUBULI IN A BAD LIGHT?

    Come on Possie, open your eyes

    • real possie
      November 22, 2011

      What are u realy insinuating?my eyes is not open mabe u just come around but if the government do wrong i will say so and trust me they got it from me on here u say they always in court last i check uwp took them to court, in the USA if u say terrorist on your phone u will be looked at now theses guys saying the PM sold passport to terrorist what u think is gona happen.So to u ineedfree not only my eyes are open my mind is also open.

  32. Well Ya
    November 22, 2011

    I hope allu listening well to Thomson’s response on Q95 to the letter. I waiting for the report and quote him properly too!

  33. Homeland Security
    November 22, 2011

    Is this some kind of a joke? Why is Tony Astaphan and the prime minister attempting to divert everyone’s attention from the real issue? The buck stops with Mr. Skerrit because he is the prime minister and whether or not he sold a passport directly to Mr. Ibrahim, he is ultimately responsible. If I’m not mistaken the passports are printed using TAX PAYERS money.Instead of taking legal action against Mr. Fontaine, Mr. Skerrit’s first course of action should be to declare to Dominicans how many passports were sold, the individuals they were sold to, and the persons who benefited from such transactions. By doing so he has the opportunity to prove his innocence in the entire matter and then take the necessary actions against persons guilty of damages. Mr Fontaine is just one man fighting on the behalf of the rest of us Dominicans who care to find out the truth. There is absolutely no transparency being exercised in these passport sales which can be likened to what occurs in a dictatorship. Is this where Dominica is heading? It is ironic that a program which was designed to boost the economy of Dominica will in the short term end of destroying Dominica’s economy. Someone needs investigate further into this matter using the freedom of information act.

  34. true
    November 22, 2011

    Integrity? what Integrity? that does not exist in DA Tony.

  35. Integrity
    November 22, 2011

    INTEGRITY or lack thereof is the only thing that would make these two SUPPOSEDLY educated men spend more energy and time,and money. If what Fontaine is saying is a lie that will surely come out and he will have ruined his own reputation. This government has no integrity that is why they are always in court fighting to prove themselves, and as of now they have never been able to prove themselves to be honest. The persons suing them cannot prove their case either because the amount of money spend by the government of this country spending to much time and money to cover up all they lies. Imagine if the truth was told how much money this government would have. It could be used to bring the emergency services up to date so people wouldn’t die on in simple emergencies. This country needs some serious help on the integrity issue. Just try to go one day without lying or covering up a lie. The truth will set you free.

  36. Papa Met
    November 22, 2011

    Buwo,

    I urge you. To seat back and keep listening. You have no idea what’s going on. I am happy to see that you are setting the platform for you to eventually get the shock of your life, causing you to finally shut your….lol

  37. stupes
    November 22, 2011

    When this government gets out of office “SURELY SURELY” many people have to leave this country and go in exile. Mark my word!

    • 1979
      November 22, 2011

      SURELY!

    • What-i-know
      November 22, 2011

      If this government stays in or gets out of office “SURELY SURELY” many people will continue to leave this country and go into exile, as they have been (unpatrioticly, selfishly . . etc) doing for many decades, under every administration. Mark my word!

      Is Dominica an “Unwanted Paradise”?

      • 1979
        November 22, 2011

        Let me answer that for you – NO justice, NO peace… Does that sufficiently answer ur question??

    • stupes
      November 23, 2011

      stupes why are you using my pen name to post comments, why dont you come up with a different name to share your comments, you are making comments that readers will find confusing as these coimments are incompartible with others that appear with my chosen blog name stupes and that is confusion. Please find yourself another blog name ok. PLEASE.

  38. Anonymous
    November 22, 2011

    ALLU DOMINICANS ALWAYS SAYING ALLU WILL SUPPORT MOUTH ALLU HAVE

  39. DPM
    November 22, 2011

    Tony and Skerrit are you guys going to demand the same of Weeklyblitz and Jeremy Sinclair? What happen all you fraid them? Thompson not a fool, don’t think he doesn’t have his legal team as well. So when all you coming, come well good. If you guys are right then prove Thompson wrong. Stop trying to shut people up with all you stupid intimidation strategy. Grow up. And yeah, don’t forget to sue Jeremy Sinclair and weeklyblitz too.

    • What-i-know
      November 22, 2011

      You don’t need to sue Weeklyblitz . . they obviously have zero credibility!
      Haven’t you read their crap? come on!

      Jeremy is not Dominican and nobody seems to know or consider him . . ck google . . little to no credibility.
      Dr Fontaine on the other hand can be considered a different kettle of Fish!
      He doesn’t need to be sued,
      Why all the drama:
      If he is a true patriot and does have the evidence as he claims, he should present it to us. . Skerrit and Astaphan would have to run and hide!

  40. Buwo
    November 22, 2011

    Its about freaking time.

    I cannot believe that people are now quoting the Weekly Blitz, some obscure website in Bangladesh (of all places), as if it is the New York Times or The Washington Post.

    Now if all these allegations were being published in these reputable newspapers and other reputable news media around the world, I would have taken another look at this whole matter.

    But the Weekly Blitz?

    Even DNO is more reputable than the Weekly Blitz.

    Hahahahahahahahaha

    • Papa Met
      November 22, 2011

      that’s why my friend…u need to just stay tuned…. :-D

      • Buwo
        November 22, 2011

        Stay tuned for what? No reputable news organization would sit on a news item if it has so much evidence to make sure the news item is correct.

        You think BBC or CNN or the New York Times would sit on a news item that has overwhelming evidence? The news business is a competitive one my friend. If all these allegations were true, that would have already hit the airwaves of some huge news organization.

        Hahahahahahahah

    • dominican
      November 22, 2011

      its more than time that someone be made an example of. maybe we have too much damn freedom of speech. we think we bringing down skerrit but we also destroying our beloved country. if they love it at all

    • Cerberus
      November 22, 2011

      Try the “Corriere della Sera” of 15 Nov., 2011. It is the oldest, and most respected newspaper in Italy (published out of Milan).

  41. ineedfree
    November 22, 2011

    It is time for those young and restless people to leave government.

    TOO MANY ALLEGATIONS ARE BOMBARDING THIS COUNTRY.

    THEY ARE TOO PREOCCUPIED DEFENDING THEMSELVES.

    THEY ARE A DISTRACTION TO PEOPLE’S DEVELOPMENT IN THIS NATION. THEY ARE ALL WRAPPED UP IN THEIR VAIN ENDEAVOURS

    • real possie
      November 22, 2011

      @ Ineedfree there u go thats what they wanted for every one to start thinking like u, take a look at the ones bringing the allegations with all thats been said to this day not one crumb. With all what u heard lets go to court now show me your proof theres a term thats used all the time if we only take the time to think of it,the term educated fools they are to smart for thier own good.

  42. time for truth
    November 22, 2011

    This is nothing but a scare tactic aimed at shutting down the truth. However, the Thompson Fountain I know will not bend and would welcome a court appearance where truth would be revealed because Thompson has information that would scare the would land both Skerrit and Tony in a special place.
    While you are asking Fountain to pay $250,000.00 to Mr Skerritt, we the people of Dominica are asking the PM to pay $10Million to the commonwealth of Dominica for damage he has done to the state of Dominica.

  43. yes i
    November 22, 2011

    the pm like to take people court and after to tell them lets us settle the matter……you remember he took matt to court after he ask matt lets us settle

    • Natasha
      November 22, 2011

      He ask matt to settle because matt is broke… Mattt don’t have money, he is broke so how the hell was he going to pay all this money… You people are just so full of doodoo.. Get your facts together before u come on here talking smack…

      • Asterix
        November 22, 2011

        UTTER RUBBISH you have this one twisted. Matt may be broke but the truth is sKERRIT did not want the truth to be known when the court proceedings would have taken place and so they decided to settle. They could have let the case go on to prove Matt wrong without Matt having to pay or they could have made other demands. THEY WERE simply trying to get Matt to shut up

      • BULL-IT
        November 23, 2011

        NATASA, IF YOU HAD ANY BRAIN YOU WOULD REALISE THAT IF YOU CANNOT PAY A LAW SUIT YOUR ASSETS COULD BE SOLD AND MONEY COULD GO TO THE PLAINTIFF..
        SKERRIT LIKES TO APPEAR TO BE LIKE GOD, A SAVIOUR TO THE PEOPLE AND HE ALSO LIKE TO SAY I DID THAT AND I DID THIS AND HE CAME TO MY OFFICE AND BEG ME FOR THIS..
        IF MATT WAS AT FAULT SKERRIT, TONY, AARON, KAMALA, FELIX, SIMEON, SEVERIN, LENNOX, KRAZYT AND THE LIKES WOULD HAVE A FIELD DAY WITH MATT NAME, YOU WOULD BE STILL HEARING ABOUT THAT CASE AND FALSE ACCUSATIONS

  44. chelsea
    November 22, 2011

    skerrit garcon wat u doing?

  45. bougla
    November 22, 2011

    Please pay in hard cash 8)

  46. Akhenaton
    November 22, 2011

    This Rolls Royce (R&R) administration is run BY A BUNCH OF CHILDREN.
    A GOVERNMENT OF IMMATURE CHILDREN PLAYNNG GAMES WITH THE LIVES OF THE POPULACE.
    hOLD ONM MY PEOPLE WE SHALL SEE THE REWARD OF THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THEIR LACKYS.
    tHE LEGIONS OF SPIRITS HAVE AWAKEN.

  47. Ebanks
    November 22, 2011

    Slanderous and untrue statements can cause serious damage to one’s reputation.

    What I am concerned about is whether or not they have sound proof that such statements were made by Mr Fontaine. Rather than sueing him based on intuitive reckoning.

    • yout
      November 22, 2011

      were the BINS and fertilizer untrue??

    • Papa Dom
      November 22, 2011

      So who is sueing Dr. Fontaine,is it the Gov’t of Dominica or roosevelt skerritt? I am asking this question because I have not seen skerritt, mentioned anywhere as the one selling Dominican passport. All I’ve seen is the claim that the government(the collective) is selling passports. And to tony asstoufan, what gonsalves sued for in SVD was a personal attack on him, not the governance of the country so stop misleading the public, stop taking advantage of the ignorant labourites.

  48. ME
    November 22, 2011

    to survive in dominica you must learn to laugh

  49. Malthus
    November 22, 2011

    yeah right, trying to silence Thompson, that can’t work. Go after the other news agencies that damming you all over the place, scapegoat you all looking for. Tony doesn’t have a clue what Skerrit doing abroad, but he always infront looking for noticing. Thompson isn’t Matt, he will not be silenced behind closed doors, so go right ahead just don’t ask for case to postpone when it comes up.

    • What-i-know
      November 22, 2011

      What other news agencies have been Damning Skerrit (and Dominica) all over the place?
      Please point me to their Websites so I can read or listen to the Damning reports.

    • What-i-know
      November 22, 2011

      You don’t need to sue Weeklyblitz . . they obviously have zero credibility!
      Haven’t you read their crap? come on!

      Dr Fontaine on the other hand can be considered a different kettle of Fish!
      He doesn’t need to be sued,
      Why all the drama:
      If he is a true patriot and does have the evidence as he claims, he should present it to us. . Skerrit and Astaphan would have to run and hide!

  50. What-i-know
    November 22, 2011

    Presumably, Skerrit expects that a court will order Fontaine to pay more than $250,000.00 along with the retraction. . .wow!

    Q95 reported that Lennox Linton said that although Skerrit may not have sold a passport to someone named Darwood Ibrahim, Skerrit might have sold a passport to Mr Ibrahim under a different name.
    “Blessings” said on Q95 that Skerrit maybe deliberately selling our passports to Terrorists to allow them to infiltrate Western countries and cause havoc in Retaliation for the murder of his “friend” Qaddafi .
    . . Any negative speculation against Skerrit seems acceptable/tolerable on Q95, no evidence required.

    I suppose Fontaine knows the alias Darwood Ibrahim used to fool the due diligence firms.
    Fontaine insisted that he has the evidence and he would welcome a court case.
    Why Fontaine expects reasonable people to believe him without giving us a shred of evidence, evades me.
    Surely Fontaine is not going to say that its true because it was reported in the Weekly Blitz!?
    I look forward to a court battle.
    Here’s my ruling:
    If Fontaine provides evidence that PM Skerrit has deliberately/willfully sold our Citizenship to Criminals and Terrorists to enrich himself (This is what Fontaine has SAID in print and on radio), then PM Skerrit must RESIGN immediately and face fraud charges.
    IF Fontaine cannot provide evidence, then he should be made to retract his statement, pay maximum compensation and face Charges (of TREASON?)for deliberately seeking to cause serious harm to his fellow Dominicans and his country.

    • Peeping Tom
      November 22, 2011

      I find it highly deplorable that Fontaine, a suposedly educated man, hits the media with scandalous accusations without presenting a piece of evidence to substantiate them. What is equally reprehensible is the fact that his accusations, never mind how damaging they are to Domnica, are propagated in the local media.

      Frankly, it smells to me like we are being soft on Fontaine.

    • bullit
      November 22, 2011

      so to say something about skerrit is treason? and to sell dominica’s passport diplomatic is not treason

      • What-i-know
        November 22, 2011

        Definition of treason:
        a citizen’s actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the parent nation.
        In many nations, it is also often considered treason to attempt or conspire to overthrow the government, even if no foreign country is aided or involved by such an endeavour.
        A person convicted of Treason is refered to as a “Traitor”

        So, No, its not treason to say something (negative) about Skerrit.

        If you have listened to Fontaine, then you will have heard him give the reason for his campaign as the removal of the Serrit lead Government. The question is, whether he has decided to damage our country in that endeavour.
        I Do Not know whether Fontaines’ actions are TREASONOUS . . hence the ??

        No, It is currently NOT ILLEGAL to sell Dominica’s passports!

      • Peeping Tom
        November 22, 2011

        To say something unpleasant about anybody without offering a shred of evidence, credible evidence, is simply WRONG!

        I think that it is about time that Dominicans learn to be responsible in what they say and do. Democracy is not a blank cheque to say and do whatever one pleases; anarchy is.

        Make Fontaine show the evidence if he is so truly interested in informing Dominicans and rescuing Dominica.

    • Adult ED
      November 22, 2011

      I strongly agree with this statement. Not only is it the most sensible statement but it clearly outlines the solution to something that seems to be spiralling out of control: Making unsubstantiated claims about government officials wrong doing. This is not only hurting individuals but Dominicans at large as our country is view as corrupt to the rest of the world. This makes diplomatic relationships difficult and thus inhibits any chance for progress for non-conspirers and conspirers alike. This thing “mouth open torry jump out” must be made to cease and desist, time for person’s guilt of this callous actions to be held accountable for slander and deformation of character. There is a people’s livelihood and life at stake!

      • Rudy
        November 22, 2011

        i think this trend started in 1999 -2000 with the get rid of uwp by any means necessary corruption campaign. this was the first time that saying unsubstantiated claims against persons became the common trend with slogans like ‘we painting the jail blue’ other character assasinations. tony himself was paid several hundred thousands to prove that corruption which he could not and incidentally the ‘main man’ or ochestrator timothy is now part of the fabric of the new labour party. i think its a case of the chickens coming home to roost so don’t get upset we simply reap what we sow.

      • disturbing
        November 22, 2011

        You mentioned it, but do not truely believe that our lives and livelihoods are at stake. Our security is also at stake with criminals of all sorts with Dominican passports.

        Lest we forget. Remember two ordinary staff at the Registry were arrested and charged for forgery re. birth certificates? Are they the sacrificial lambs? What names were forged? Will Dominicans ever know? Were names forged for the purposes of obtaining a Dominican passport on a different name? How many passports does Dawood Ibrahim have in his possession? All of them on his name?

        Who gave the orders to those two staff members? Did one of the wortld’s most notorious figures receive a Dominican passport under a different name? Who is Dawood Ibrahim’s lawyer? Does he possess Dominican Passport? Is he now a Dominican citizen? Does he have off-shore companies in Dominica?

        Are there serious concerns about money-laundering activities in Dominica? Was the home of a police officer firebombed just recently? Is that officer, as he revealed, investigating money-laundering in Dominica? That is what a Few people in authority are doing to our Dominica and its people? No problem? Let them go on and on and on? As the saying goes, “One man farts in a room with ten and the whole room smells.”

  51. Malthus
    November 22, 2011

    Skerrit please give it up. What are you doing with $250,000. Money alone you like but that Tony Astaphans have to get what coming for him. Thompson not Matt so talk big and when he stand before you all in court then run and ask for adjournment.

  52. Trouble
    November 22, 2011

    keep d faith my brother

  53. 1979
    November 22, 2011

    I thought Solid Waste pick up the RUBBISH already wi, people cannot get salaries but allu not concerned about that! Why allu didn’t sue those who brought u to court for the french passport seeing the passport “does not exist”?

    • ????/
      November 22, 2011

      By the way, what’s up with that case of the the French passport?

    • Dominican 2
      November 26, 2011

      1979 You bla bla to much I think you eat paytta balarw.

  54. bunny
    November 22, 2011

    Has it been proven that thomson is lying? Remember susan oldie, bin bobol, fertiler bobol, rudolf king? What exactly should thompson pay for? Let a court rule first and then thompson will pay. Till then, skerrit and tony shut up.

  55. kanpeche
    November 22, 2011

    Are not Dominicans really concern that our PM is always in so much hot water? His legal fees are being paid for by ordinary, hard-working Dominicans. Our PM spends more time defending himself than running the country.

    I have never seen so many skeletons jumping out of one person’s closet.

    • Integrity
      November 22, 2011

      Will they make an effort to bring Mr. Fontaine back to Dominica, if so why can’t they make an effort to bring Fire Bomber man back. Well… because that won’t serve their purpose will it?

    • November 23, 2011

      ALL THEM CORRUPTION CAME IN SINCE UWP HAD DA. Dominica now has power thirsty people because they see money and investors coming in. Thompson should know better to deal with the situation in a more ethical manner with the appropriate officials before tarnishing the name of Dominica. I applaud his research but not his actions, you must still have respect for authority.

  56. More propoganda
    November 22, 2011

    This seems to be the theme of Astaphan’s faulty defence each and every time when it comes to Skerrit.
    I hope Thompson DOES go to court and hopefully, we’ll be able to hear the truth.
    Stand strong Thompson Fontaine, righteous and truth seeking Dominican patriots are behind you – 1 million %

  57. Interesting
    November 22, 2011

    Is this compensation intended for Skerrit as stated in the article or the country? I thought the PM was concerned that the country’s name was being tarnished. So why is the PM personally looking to gain money from Thompson?

    • LawieBawie
      November 22, 2011

      Isn’t Thompson harming his ‘personal’ image? Just asking!!

      • Interesting
        November 22, 2011

        The PM has been doing a fantastic job at that himself.

  58. Anonymous
    November 22, 2011

    LABOUR!!!!!!!!!!!

  59. bigger
    November 22, 2011

    As per usual the opposition use to get money from you suckers to pay the courts. Talk as much as you like on the radio totally different when you have to answer questions

  60. thomas
    November 22, 2011

    before skerrit ask to pay him money tell him he should go pay pwd workers because they to want there money :oops:

    • Hehehehehehee
      November 22, 2011

      But is that money he going to use to pay PWD….lol

  61. real possie
    November 22, 2011

    Am gona sit back and enjoy this ride.

  62. hardlinesleek
    November 22, 2011

    haha you are joker he have to pay compensation of $250000 plus an apology within 14 days.It was about time somebody have to pay for tanishing the good name of the PM and the country.He don’t adhere to to the requirements it goes to court.

  63. Doc.Love
    November 22, 2011

    ANOTHER RED HERRING BY SKERRIT AGAIN. HE CLOSED DOWN MATT FOR FIVE YEARS,NOW HE IS COMMING BACK WITH HIS FOOLISHNESS.THIS TIME IT IS A DIFFERENT SITUATION AND A DIFFERENT MAN.WHAT THEM FELLARS ARE TRYING TO DO IS TO CLOSE THOMPSON’S MOUTH BUT ACCORDING TO SOUR SOUR, PAR LA.MORE PRESSURE THOMPSON,THE PATIOTS OF DOMINICA ARE WITH YOU ALL THE WAY.THIS MAN REALLY THINKS BECAUSE HE WAS ONCE REFERRED TO AS JESUS THAT HE REALY HAS POWERS AS JESUS,HE CAN TURN WATER INTO WINE.HE BELIEVES HE CAN DO WHATEVER HE WANTS ,REMEMBER NO LAW NO CONSTITUTION,WELL THIS TIME HE IS TRYING TO CLIMB THE WRONG TREE.

  64. Country
    November 22, 2011

    Tony. You think we going to watch Skerrit and give him EC$250,000 or US$250,000. We are just not dump as you are. Not even an apology, far less for money. As a matter of fact, Skerrit is the one who owes us money and apology. Think again for another strategy or as usual just go ahead and sue. We are eagerly waiting.

    By the way, what about the case where Boubles was suppose to take Lennox to court for letting him look like a “straw man”? Any updates on that one?

  65. So Sick & Tired
    November 22, 2011

    You can fool some of people all the time, all the people some times, but never never, never all e people all the time We have seen this movie so many times before the title of it is “The Dominican Gangsters at Their Best”

    • So Sick & Tired
      November 22, 2011

      DNO what was wrong with my statement “This Herring is so red, it is dripping blood?” why did you have to cut this part off? is it obscene language? Is it offensive to someone? I don’t see you point? Yeah I know if Ido not want t sanction my speech, don’t express it here!!

      ADMIN: Or you are always free to go somewhere else.

  66. Pundit
    November 22, 2011

    When you people go after Thomson, we taking all you to the international courts, UN etc. Exposure time.

    • What-i-know
      November 22, 2011

      Pundit, it Hard and you sitting Punit?
      I mean all the Hard Evidence.

  67. Anonymous
    November 22, 2011

    Just sue, Tony. Since when you require apology first. Be not afraid. You even requested 250,000.00. Is that suppose to be US$ or EC$. You think we are stupid , to watch you and give you money – think again for another strategy, because this one is just too empty for our knowledge.

  68. Anonymous
    November 22, 2011

    oh please !!!!!!!!!!!!! gimme a break!!!!!!!!!!!!

  69. seasoning pepper
    November 22, 2011

    so you didn’t sue for the other allegations which means they must be true, and this one is really false!!!!

    ah boy Skerrit you must watch your moves and actions it can tell alot, so much allegations you have on you why is this one alone you want to to sue for well then sue Matt, lennox, Angelo and wikiliks to!!!!!

    Astaphans will tired make a foul out of you!!!!!

    • Roz
      November 22, 2011

      You making sense. Maybe they think Dr. Fontaine have money to pay, but Matt and the others havent got, so is waste of time. But what i know nuh? If is my good name and the name of my high office at stake, i wouldnt care about money. I would sue all and sundry that want to dirty it. And i would provide EVIDENCE proving my innocence. But Skerro thinks otherwise it seems.

  70. IS THAT U HERE WII
    November 22, 2011

    and where that money going tooo
    boy everything is a money money money stupessssssssssss
    brother skero behave your self ehhh and show a little more braveness eh stand like a man and not a BOYYYYYYYYYYYY

  71. yout
    November 22, 2011

    IF ONE STANDS FOR THE TRUTH , MANY a Times that one stands alone …But I say here YOU are NOT alone Dr Fontaine…You Are Never Alone!!

    • What-i-know
      November 22, 2011

      Fontaine showed you his evidence already man?
      So you know he telling the truth.
      Having faith in MAN, always leads disappointments.

      • Papa Met
        November 22, 2011

        The question you should be asking is why don’t they sue the other newspapers?

        Why don’t they sue Jeremy?

        Will they sue CNN, BBC and London Times when they release their information?

        hahahahaha, these labourites are so dumb

      • real possie
        November 22, 2011

        @ what i know u said what i was thinking out loud i dont even trust myself is another man i going to trust.A lady died in the fire last night go read some of them post some of us has stone for our hearts.

      • real possie
        November 22, 2011

        @ papa met u have powers plz tell me, where will i be in the next five years? u already know cnn will have that in news your name alone says it all.

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