Thompson threatens countersuit, remains resolute

Fontaine

Facing a $250,000 lawsuit from the legal team of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Thompson Fontaine has threatened to countersue and said he remains resolute in his demands that the sale of Dominica’s passports be ended.

“I am resolute in my demands and I will not be intimidated by this government,” Fontaine said on Q95’s Matt in the Morning.

Earlier this week the Prime Minister’s legal team, led by Senior Counsel Tony Astaphan, said they intend to file a defamation case against Fontaine by the end of the year. According to them, 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.

But Fontaine appears unfazed and has threatened to countersue. “Again I want to add that I will do anything in my power to get the main actors involved in the sale of Dominica’s passport before a court,” he noted. “As I said many times before on this program that this case is not going anywhere, but I will ensure that some kind of complaint, some countersuit is put forward in the courts in Dominica because I firmly believe that the people of Dominica need to know the truth about the sale of Dominican passports, and one way of doing that is by ensuring the main culprits are brought before the courts and under oath made to answer.”

Fontaine added: “I remain resolute in my demand that the wanton sale of Dominica’s passport be ended and proper accounting of the funds received be made.”

According to Fontaine he wants to understand why St. Kitts, with a less popular economic citizenship program, recorded $270-million in earnings and Dominica recorded only $8-million. “St. Kitts records more the 40 times the amount of money that Dominica is recording. We need to understand where these monies are because we know that passports have been sold,” he said.

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118 Comments

  1. Truth Seeker
    December 30, 2011

    Using the WeeklyBlitz as a source of information is a big mistake. The publisher has been exposed as an international criminal with ties to terrorists. See this article http://www.newenglishreview.org/Brenda_West/Unmasking_A_False_Friend_of_the_West%3A_Salah_Uddin_Shoaib_Choudhury/. He does nothing except for his own financial gain and why he has taken an interest in this country, so far from his own, should be explored for his own malfeasance. I’m not saying the allegations against Skerrit are true or false – that is a separate matter. But you won’t find the truth from Shoaib Choudhury.

  2. WAITUKUBULI
    December 25, 2011

    Some people are so blindly cut up in their partisan politics that they fail to hold the government responsible and protect the country.It is clear that this DLP government fellas is corrupt and robbing the state,the kind of propertyhouses they own their salary can’t match.So where did they get the money from?These guys especially Roosevelt Medard Skerrit did not come into politics and government with no good intention,that’s why he is doing nothing to build the economy by using our resources to create employment.The easiest way out for him to get wealthy is by selling passports illegally.

  3. claudius Anthony
    December 25, 2011

    Did Thompson earn his degree in economics from a Cuban university, if so , in Eugenia’s time he would never be able to pontificate Socialism economics Incidentally his Phd translate to PEOPLE HATING DOMINICA

  4. Anonymous
    December 24, 2011

    Dominica is a hug wash what a bloody mess of a place.

  5. Graduado
    December 24, 2011

    IF TALK COULD DEVELOP A COUNTRY D/CA WOULD HAVE 0% UNEMPLOYMENT..STATS; TALKERS LIKE LENNOX AND BRIAN LINTON,THOMPSON,ANGELO,SHIRLEY ALLAN,TREVOR JOHNSON,ETC ETC HAVE NO BUSINESS IN DOMINICA,EMPLOY NO ONE ,MINIMAL $$ CONTRIBUTION TO THE OVERALL ECONOMY,YET ALL OF US WHO INVEST ,EMPLOY PEOPLE PAY TAXES,SOCIAL SECURITY,IMPORT DUTIES,VAT,SUPPORT LOCAL SPORTS,CULTURAL,AND COMMUNITY EVENTS ARE VIEWED AS ???,REALLY THESE PEOPLE COMMIT #PATRIOTREASON#,BY THIER PARTISAN ANALYSIS OF ALL ISSUES

    • March 10, 2015

      They have every right to be right HERE Dominica is their land of birth , and only an uneducated person would make sure a ridiculous statement, next time think before you make your comments or maybe you should find the correct words a head of time to say . The issues are in your faces so stop trying to sweep them under the rug sooner or later the rug will burst and it will be to late to speak up..
      It seem that some of us ( DOMINICANS) do not understand what Freedom of speech is all about or what Democracy stand for .

  6. MAY
    December 23, 2011

    I AM VERY SORRY TO SEE WHAT IS HAPPENNING IN
    DA. HATRED, SELFISHNESS, MALICE, ENVY AND
    POWER HUNGRY IS DESTROYING THE ISLAND. THE
    THINGS THAT ARE BEING SAID AND DONE TO DES-
    TROY ONE OTHER IS SAD. WAKE UP PEOPLE BEFORE
    ITS TO LATE. ONBODY IS HONEST DON’T LET
    POWER HUNGRY MAN FOOL YOU AL BECAUSE THEY
    WOLF IN SHEEP CLOTHING.

    • anonymous2
      December 30, 2011

      The nature island….land of the selfish, liers and thieves. Not a very good reputation for DA. The people have given it this reputation and the people are going to have to change for any prosperity to come to it. Thirty years ago had better people.

  7. December 23, 2011

    Thompson is not a good patriot, he dosent know how to follow protocol, disrespects authority and is power hungry for a nation he can’t rule.

    God Bless Dominica and the DLP.

    • goddess
      December 23, 2011

      yes i GOD BLESS DOMINICA AND THE DLP…they can jump high jump low..SKERRIT AND LABOUR TO D WORLD!!!

    • I_AM_DOMINICA!!!
      December 25, 2011

      God bless Skerrit and labour?? Dat is why most of all you dat vote for him STILL hungry and JOBLESS and have to be begging people for $1 by di road like vagrants!!!

    • December 31, 2011

      Please leave GOD out of your dish how is it only when you all mess up God is called upon the COUNTRY is in rumble and the sooner we admit it and try to do something to fix it instead of pretending it would be better for all of us My heart goes out to the young men and women on the ISLAND what should they do I ask sadly they turn to crime only to survive so give me a … brake the GOVT should be held resposible for the mess you think of one man instead of the country and it’s people that’s not acceptable alway put your CITIZEN first.

  8. John
    December 23, 2011

    Fontaine is correct on St Kitts. Gaston Brown of Antigua just announced in Parliament that St Kitts makes US $100 from the progam. He used that to justify why Antigua should have the program.

    “Presently, in St Kitts, I understand they are yielding almost US$100 M a year. I am suggesting that we get at least EC$100 million,” he said.

    The story appears in caribarena.com on Dec 16. Do your research before criticizing Fontaine. The man is absolutely correct and should continue to follow the money trail.

    Read more: http://www.caribarena.com/antigua/news/economy/99200-gaston-brown-presents-alp-financial-plan.html#ixzz1hMk4etts

    • Truth Seeker
      December 23, 2011

      Thanks for some attempt at clarifying the issue – a task DNO should seriousl begin to contemplate and engage in to be a truly credible source of news reporting.

      That said, the onus is on Fontaine, if he is to be worth his PhD, to do the due diligence of accurate fact finding necessary to substantiate his claims.

    • Anonymous
      December 23, 2011

      How on earth can there be getting this kind of money and the budget is only $148,400,00.00US for 2012?????

      Both of them are dead wrong….

    • bleed red
      January 4, 2012

      fontaine is wrong to compare dominica economy with st.kitts….there are more investors by far in st.kitts ok….chupz

  9. rascal
    December 22, 2011

    In all of this back and forth where are we as a nation . The last time I checked we are now the poorest of the eastern Caribbean. Our government is considered corrupt by international bodies. Unemployment is alarming; locally owned businesses are under cut by chinese. Millions of dollars are being spent on public loans and less that .5% of the labor force are locals. The legal system is seemingly disfunctional, crime is on the rise. Yes there is a west coast road rehabilitation, upgrade to the Melleville hall east side access;sea wall defense; After 14 years in government the people cannot honestly say that their lives have improve, that they are more independent ; that the economy is sustainable and that families are living a satisfiable life.
    Let us cut the B.S and face reality we have been fed with a dosage of lies lies and more lies.

    • Houston
      December 23, 2011

      Dlp has 11 yrs in power, sir.

      • Rascal
        December 23, 2011

        Wow Man that makes the situation a heck of alot of different.

    • Wow
      December 23, 2011

      Actually, if you see the state the world is in right now. Economic doom. We are in great shape. Sorry, but it is true.

      We will have a new road, State college, new hospital and as you mentioned extended airport.

      Put that with a new emerging new middle class and this island is in it’s own way … booming.

      Yes there is much to improve and change such as agriculture, but … come on it’s Christmas … admit it … DLP are doing good.

      Merry Christmas everyone.

      • 1979 MILLION OVRNITE
        December 23, 2011

        emerging middle class??…… dont worry!!!

      • Rascal
        December 23, 2011

        I am laughin out loud – emerging middle class. again I’m LMAO.

      • UNKNOWN
        December 23, 2011

        lmao lmao middle class are u serious and in great shape??? are you serious man get out of here with that bull i take it that you are a diA**porer pun intended …if u are then u should get ure butt on a plane and see whats going on contruction of hospitals and roads and 27 million dollars state palaces doesn’t contribute to economic growth..tourism is falling,agriculture has fallen ,the unemployment of educated youth is alarming(i am one myself)food and oil is on the rise while salaries continue and in some cases decrease so what booming middle class are u talking about i would please like a reply from you? because as far as i can see i see no booming just middle class entering into lower middle class

    • Privy
      December 23, 2011

      Rascal or Pascal (whoever), you seems to be dysfunctional yourself. What have you been smoking lately? Are you following world affairs? Who is calling our government corrupt? I guess is you and your clan. Get real, and don’t just belch out hearsay, but get the facts on Dominica, and all the good things that have been happening. Stop that biasness, because Dominica belongs to all of us. When you are through spewing all that venom about Dominica, you and your cohorts will still have to clean up the mess you have spread, if you all ever get into power again. Dominicans are not fools. “He who has eyes, let him see”.

  10. Someone
    December 22, 2011

    Dominicans please look at the President of the United States, at their senators and how they conduct theirselves. Politicians are critical to the development of all nations and we have to look at their behavior and actions carefully. If all these “lies” and “accusations” are not true can our dear Prime Minister make a press release and clarify all details and figures. That is all i ask.

    We Dominicans should be hard on all our politicians; whether they are opposition or cabinet members. We have to force them to be truthful and take no nonsense from them.

  11. What-i-know
    December 22, 2011

    ADMIN
    I’m curious . . . why was my comment not posted?

    • What-i-know
      December 22, 2011

      Admin
      Sorry for jumping the gun

  12. its our time
    December 22, 2011

    Dr Fontaine is clearly Naive.
    He says: “. . I will ensure that some kind of complaint, some countersuit is put forward in the courts in Dominica. ”
    Exactly what can he possibly have in mind.
    Does he expect to take the legitimately elected Democratic representatives to court to answer questions which he needs answered?
    This is a Parliamentary Democracy, he can take his questions to Parliament through Eddo, Prevost and Spraggs.
    or
    if he has evidence that criminal activity has taken place, provide it to the proper authorities or the public.
    or
    Maybe he plans to file a countersuit against Skerrit for defamation? . .lol

    • gray bar
      December 22, 2011

      When till they read the charges to Isidore then we MIGHT believe that law enforcement will prosecute crooked politicians. I challenge you to sit down and make an honest assessment of the situation. Seco on the run, Denny’s confession discarded; no one was prosecuted for the obvious garbage bin fraud; the birth certificate forgery case in jeopardy; any information that should be made to the general public is read behind a curtain on Kairi- no transparency.Somewhere you ought to ask your self the obvious questions. One can never be at peace unless there is one is honest with the inner being. If you want to grow mentally, spiritually let go of the fallacies , emancipate your self from the grips of those who control the way you think and find your own mental peace. Only then you will find your true self. Let go of this partisan stupidity and be your own person

  13. What-i-know
    December 22, 2011

    Thomson simply need to tell us:
    “Yes, I have the evidence that Skerrit SOLD a passport to Dawoud Ibrahim”
    That is what he claimed via Q05 and on his website . . . and that is what the suit against him is about.
    Thomson can force Tony Astaphan to withdraw the law suit and apologies to him, by simply revealing the evidence through Q95.
    All that talk about St Kitts and Dominican Economic Citizenship Programs is besides the point.
    He appears to be forgetting that he is the one who will be facing the burden of proof, not Skerrit.

    • Met Yo
      December 23, 2011

      TELL YOUR PEOPLE AND DEM TO EXPEDITE THE CASE! TAKE IT TO COURT JANUARY 1ST!

    • Observer
      December 24, 2011

      So what, you want him to reveal all what he has and leave no element of surprise? Maybe that is what was wrong with all the other matters put before the court against the DLP…someone needs to hold something back from the court of public opinion so it doesn’t get tainted before it reaches the actual COURT.

  14. JIM
    December 22, 2011

    As a Dominican my concern is whether the government can account for the moneyfrom the sales of the passports,based on the number that have been sold. Is the treasury in receipt of all the funds? If not where has the money flown too? In private hands? Who are these people? THIS IS INTERESTING, BUT again there is a place called Stock Farm or Stocky,and ONE DAY the truth will be revealed.

  15. Anonymous
    December 22, 2011

    My boy lollipop and true Patriot.Keep Up Your Good Work in Defense of Dominica.LOVE YOU DOCTOR.

    • originalstupes#1
      December 24, 2011

      That comment will not help him in the Court ONLY evidence will clown.

  16. .
    December 22, 2011

    LOVE YOU DOCTOR. Merry X-Mas, and keep on fighting for HONESTY IN GOVERNMENT IN POOR DOMINICA!

  17. ?????
    December 22, 2011

    Thank you DR Fontaine for being a real Patriot and LOVER OF DOMINICA.Continue educating us about all corrupt activities being perpetrated against this country.
    We know they are trying to keep you MOO MOO, but moo moo you will not stay.LOVE YOU DOCTOR! WE NEED MORE PATRIOTS OF YOU RESOLVE.

  18. Anonymous
    December 22, 2011

    Dr.Fontaine brother in law is a lawyer in St.Lucia.

    He just lost an election with his slogan as Doddy gets it done.

    I guess Doddy will come to Da to defend him.

    Astaphan has won each case again Doddy in the St.Lucia high courts.

    As a DA man living in St.Lucia I can tell you the UWP people down here dislike Astaphan because he keep beating them in court.

    I know one thing when that Astaphan takes a case you have to be ready to fight him hard.

    He just won a case for the Police Commissioner in St.Lucia against the last government.

    All I can say is Fontaine better be ready for that fight.

    All DA man that down in lucia love to meet and talk to “Astee” (Tony) when he comes to town.

    Guys (DA) that work at radio/Tv stations,OECS…you name it Tony make himself available at all times for man and man.

    Fontaine will have to get a lawyer from out DA to help him.

    • Papa Dom
      December 23, 2011

      Tony only wins because the justice system, to quote someone “lacks scholarship” and is very corrupt.

    • John
      December 23, 2011

      So why are you worried? Your hero Tony should have no problem then.

      Fontaine has truth on his side so he cannot lose.

  19. Pedro
    December 22, 2011

    Skerit has no intention to bring development to the people of Dominica. He is just looking for opportunity to make money by any means necessary.

  20. Look It
    December 22, 2011

    Hello, look at this IP address well. Approve my comments please. Approve that one too if allu want.

  21. December 22, 2011

    That guy is NAIVE and dont know how much problems he is building for himself.Best thing for him to do is appologise to the PM and the country,before he has to pay all what he has saved in his life

    • .............
      December 22, 2011

      Man shut your b—— mouth. Did you understand what you just read? love you DR Fontaine.

    • John
      December 23, 2011

      Problems? Truth needs no support. Fontaine will run circles around Tony because their lawsuit is not based on fact.

      In any event they will never bring the lawsuit forward, so I encourage Fontaine to do a suit on behalf of the Dominican people.

      SOR PAS HAUNTE – ST KITTS $270 Million; DOMINICA – $8 MILLION; go figure!!!

      • March 10, 2015

        Not only that but Tony start loosing cases around and Dominicans you better mark it down Tony might just be the one to bring down PM Skerrit, Tony haven got anything to loose at this stage he got all he could out of the tax payers of Dominica , he moved his family to the U>S>A that’s where he lives, so people don’t be fooled by those boy who like toys any more this is your time people.

  22. dominican
    December 22, 2011

    Mr. Fountain, leave the PM alone. Why don’t you try selling to those of us living abroad fresh water so that we can stop drinking sea water, you included?

    • Anonymous
      December 22, 2011

      He will never be left alone. This matter will/may take years, but questions must be answered, and some people will pay dearly.

  23. Grand Bay Girl
    December 22, 2011

    Stop all these name calling!There seem to be a movement by some people to bring each down each other I am sick and tired with all this ‘DIRTY POLITRICS” plaguing my country
    Sorry u all are promoting ur all Agendas
    $45.00.00 for defamation of someone’s reputation…Couldn’t this money help some non profit organizaton. Sorry i am tired
    of all these. Dominica would be better served
    if these people would help to improve the development of the island. Iam Dominican!

    • Wow
      December 23, 2011

      Totally agree …

      Both sides.

      get on with manifestos and making a real change for better living conditions.

      This is the season to relax thank God and shut the f up.

  24. Mail
    December 22, 2011

    sadly Dominicans are not bright bunch citizens, they care less about anything, so bringing issues to the front burner is a total waste of time and energy as it bears no fruit the corruputed regime and its spin doctors continue to slide away.

    the citizens are extremly timid by all counts, they afraid of taking the hard action, just look at the police force, if they had the love for their country they would have being bold and do the nesscary actions.

    would firmly agree until action is taken this corrupt regime will spin the wheels for power for quite a lenghty period of time.

    even though the opposition brings on brilliant mind re issues and governance levels that still wont turn the tide in dominica, as in the end the corrupt labour regime will still spin the many weak and poor citizens with a few $5.00/$10.00/$20.00 to convince them to vote labour, those are the facts of the dominican mind set, due to their sincere admiration for Skero, plus they have the trade unions, churches and other policy makers behind the scenes so its a task that could run for next 20 years in my view….facts!

  25. Reality
    December 22, 2011

    Did the man say whether this money was earned in a fiscal year?

  26. Famie Wechen
    December 22, 2011

    All of all you come out like yenyen on Thompson back. Go and ask Tony and SKerrit those questions, if Thompson didn’t speak all you would not know jack so play saul as usual fall back. When Tony speak all you believe and Tony is an arse but when is educated and informed Thompson all you ranting

    • Observer
      December 24, 2011

      I would shake your big toe!

  27. Nouvelle Lawi
    December 22, 2011

    be mindful mr. fontaine, the sale of passport is not the issue but rather the sales of passport to an individual named darwood ibrahim.

  28. December 22, 2011

    WELL papa, it’s time that we pray for peace in our lovely lsland,

    • chelsea
      December 23, 2011

      only justice can breed peace.

    • March 10, 2015

      Why is only now you all know how to pray to GOD , if you all were true believers you wouldn’t have the problems you a faced with. So instead ask GOD to forgive each and every one of you and start following his teachings. once the people adhered to his words then he will deliver them out of the mess they are in.. Put God first at all times.

  29. Anonymous
    December 22, 2011

    I have read the St.kitts and Nevis budget for 2012 and no where did i see the Prime Minister of this Island talk about the passport program.

    If this program was generating this kind of money as Dr.Fontaine has said,do not think it would have been part of his budget address?

    Please read for yourself and make an inform decision as to Dr.Fontaine claim.

    Please Prime Minster of St.Kitts budget address…
    http://www.cuopm.com/pdf/Budget_Addresses/2012_Budget_Address_20111213.pdf

    • Grammy
      December 22, 2011

      Oh allu does research then and read? Since wheeeen? hahahahahahaahahahahahahaha. Didn’t you hear that they paused the program because of what’s happening out there? You didnt see the news on the same DNO about it? But what happen to them people there nuh? What skerrit give them to eat?

    • GOM
      December 22, 2011

      LOVE YOU DR FONTAINE.Go do more research. This case is dead and buried, or else the tin of POO POO WILL BE OPENED IN THE CLOSED ROOM.

    • Rocks
      December 22, 2011

      To answer your question, No, they would not put it in their budget address for several reasons, on of them being, you don’t know what percentage of the operational budget it represents. $250 mil is huge for an individual, it’s not that much for a country. However they mention the phrase below is directly from the report, analyze it a little and read between the line:
      “36. The surplus on the Capital and Financial Account declined by 5.6% to $471.0 million or
      25.9% of GDP in 2010. Net Foreign Direct Investment expanded significantly by 35.5% to
      $380.8 million or 20.9% of GDP when compared to 2009 which is attributed mainly to a 70.2%
      increase in land sales. However, this significant increase in direct investment inflows was
      insufficient to offset the Current Account deficit resulting in an overall deficit of $2.8 million or
      0.2% of GDP.”

      Also Dr. Fontaine never indicated in his statement what period does these funds cover. It could have been over a 10yr period. However in the same report it indicated that the IMF review the country’s result meaning that the IMF don’t only have a summary of the budget and the financials they have the details which we don’t have access too and it just happened that Dr. Fontaine worked for the IMF, I would go with him on that one.

      • Wow
        December 23, 2011

        So … it is completely useless statement then?

        So 250 mil was earned over 10 years there and 8m was earned here over 1 year …?

    • breal
      December 23, 2011

      so true there will be another defamation lawsuit on fontain back by the PM of st Kitts

      Boy behave yourself

  30. My2Sense
    December 22, 2011

    As a people we’re so quick to idolize individuals. From Dr. Fontaine to PM Skerrit; Mr. Linton to SC Astaphan; as a people we need to think for ourselves, conduct our own research and examine the facts wherever they are.

    The Dominican Government supposedly receives US$75,000 for every passport sold and US$100,000 for a family of four (passport in this case is synonymous with citizenship).
    St. Kitts on the other hand, requires and investment of US$350,000 in addition to individual costs for each applicant ranging from US$15,000 to $US$35,000.

    While these figures may not explain the discrepancy completely, it does shed some light on the issue.

    I’d like to know more details about the “$8-million” sum though. Is that US dollars? Were those funds collected in one fiscal year? Etc.

    • Grand Bay Girl
      December 22, 2011

      you seem very careful with ur words’SUPPOSEDELY”!LOL

      • My2Sense
        December 23, 2011

        These days people are getting sued left and right… And some are winning! So yes, I cautious.

        :)

  31. Anonymous
    December 22, 2011

    What is the annual budget of St.Kitts may I ask????

    In 2010 it was about $150,000.00US..

    In 2011 it is about $148,400.00US

    I need Dr.Fontaine to tell us how on earth the St.Kitts government collect $208,000,000.00US for the passport program when the budget of the island is much lower!!!!

    who is fouling who ?????

    • Anonymous
      December 22, 2011

      The estimated budget for 2011 was 885 million dollars according to the Appropriation Act 2010 as the Bill was brought forward to legislature…
      I’d include the link but DNO will not post this comment :-?

    • Citizen
      December 22, 2011

      Are you Dumb? Do you know the salary scale in St. Kitts? You know where ECCB is? Learn to use Google or Bing. [email protected]$$

    • Asterix
      December 22, 2011

      St Kitts budget was what US$150’000.00? Are you crazy or what? Hope this is a typo and that you don’t actually believe that that is correct.

    • Anonymous
      December 24, 2011

      Anonymous: In the simplest definition,a budget is a plan of expenditure outlays; it’s not the summation of revenues. The latter is used to fund the expenditures. So, the proceeds of the Passport programme cannot be computed as part of the budget.

  32. Anonymous
    December 22, 2011

    He is know turning the statement from definite sales by the Prime Minister to sales by other people.

    Using large dollars sales from St.Kitts to prove his point. May I say one does not have to do with the other. Each Island has it own program.

    By the way how does he arrive at saying the St.Kitts program is a lesser version than the Dominica program. I would like him to tell us what research or information he use to arrive at this conclusion.

    What was even more noticeable this morning on Mr.Matt talk show was when his aid in Mr.St.Clair claim Mr.Astaphan is not a lawyer. This was a big surprise to me. Note:- At no time did Mr. Matt stop to question this guy about this statement about Mr.Astaphan.

    It is very clear to me that Mr.Clair and Dr.Fontaine are using a radio station which has no moral or Journalistic integrity to pull their political agenda.

    Any good talk show host would have ask the fair questions such as,1) Why is it I can only call you via a third party source? 2) How can we prove that you have connection to the Indian Prosectors office in reference to Mr. Ibrahim? 3) You have also claim to have connection with the british MI5 is there a phone number where I can call to verify this? All these questions and more should have been ask of Mr.Clair.

    As for Dr.Fontaine himself he want to counter sue and the reason for that is very simple.

    In the Skerrit civil suit, Dr.Fontaine knows full well the Prime Minister will have to prove nothing,Meaning he does not have to come up with any evidence. The burden in the civil libel case is on the defendant to prove his statements are true.

    so now what he is doing is to get the Prime Minister to come to court with documents.

    I tell you one thing the head of the Passport Division is the key to this case. The reason for saying so is he controls the day to distribution of the passports.

    Please remember these passports are electronically generated. Therefore it will be easy to track down the facts of this case.

    • Grammy
      December 22, 2011

      This has to be the most ridiculous post on DNO for 2011. Come on guys, let’s salute this idiot. Trophy needed here.

    • Peeping Tom
      December 22, 2011

      I smile as i read and re-read your comments, Anonymous. Clearly, your comments and those of others here have restored my faith in my people. We eh all dat sot, after all!!

      I sit back and enjoy.

      • Asterix
        December 22, 2011

        hahahahah what a joke. Peeping and can’t see

    • GOM
      December 22, 2011

      @ Anonymous: Go and spin again your lazy parasite and sycophant. Whom are you trying to fool with you garbage. Go Back ;and Eat it!

    • Baygass
      December 22, 2011

      OK Saul let us get the other eye open. Sinclair stated that Tony is yet to present his credentials even after several request. It has been sometime now since some people have requested the information from Tony and Tony will not answer the question. Sinclair did not state that Tony is not a lawyer he merely said that he is wondering whether or not he is.
      Note though that Sinclair also declared the existence of a Diplomatic passport holder in India but you did not comment on that – how convenient. We are awaiting the cover up on that Diplomatic passport. I hope you took down the pertinent information.
      It is sad that the entire Labor Party base has to wait on a chronic Pathological liar like Tony to pour gasoline on the continuous scandals. It is so sad that it is only after a three week trip by the PM ( no one knew where he was) that Tony could come out and try to discredit the weekly blitz revelations.
      An extortionist who may or may not have damning information would not release extremely damaging information to the public , promise to release more information then retract his statement with a promise to say good things The quick change in direction by weekly blitz makes no sense at all and with my basic common sense I would buy Tony’s story not even if it cost half a penny.
      Because of Tony’s eratic behavior I do understand why people are now questioning his qualifications. Totally unbecoming of A senior counsel.

      • claudius Anthony
        December 25, 2011

        lets hope that all you supporters of Thompson will line up to contribute to the Radiothorn to help Tompson pay his legal bills.These people stir up trouble then turn to their blind supporters to help pay for their folly.Thompson is itching for his day in court,but believe me he will rue that day

    • Aye Dominique
      December 22, 2011

      So if the passports are so electronically generated, how did the most recent passport scam happen again?

      You all have some short memory….memoire poule they call that….I guess it only kicks in at the convenient time because all you remember what all you want to remember….selective memory is the better phrase here.

    • March 10, 2015

      Anonymous do not bet on that and remember Dr. Fontaine don’t have to prove anything because he knows what he is saying and have the facts to support him and remember Dr. Fontaine worked in the IMF Department and knows where all the monies are hidden, so it’s up to Tony and PM Skerrit to prove other wise and that can only happen thru the court system, and the Judges on the CCJ have everything to loose in the outside World because they will be on display for the World to see how they deal with the issues. Think about it it’s a lot at stake for the two men.
      These two men are hell bent of removing Dr. Fontaine from Parliament because PM cannot get up and make statements to do with the economy without proof because Dr. Fontaine is an ECONOMIST SCHOLAR .
      Dominica wouldn’t you want to keep a man like Dr. Fontaine with so much knowledge in Dominica instead of allowing other Countries to get the benefit of his expertise .

  33. ????????
    December 22, 2011

    It looks like Thompson really has an axe to grind with Skerritt. If he wants to police the Prime Minister and his Cabinet, he should stop doing it by remote control. He must be having sleepness nights over Skerritt being PM; he must be sleepwalking while shouting “IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME! I HAVE A PHD AND HE ONLY HAS A BACHELOR’S DEGREE!

    • ....................
      December 22, 2011

      On the contrary if you were living in Dominica,at all ( i say this because you are sounding so stupid), it is Skerrit that seem to be having all the sleepless nights. Many of us can understand why. When he has people like you speaking all these rubbish he must be in trouble as a young man.

  34. December 22, 2011

    wow they are trembling… the price that st. kitts have put up for there’s may be much higher than ours.. so one would have to find out how much do they sell theirs, at the end of the day accountability is needed to find out where the funds of our passport sales go to..

  35. Belle Noel
    December 22, 2011

    Thompson Fontaine please get your facts straight… Did you or did not say that the Prrime Minister of Dominica, Honorable Roosevelt Skerrit sold Dominican passports to unscupulous foreigners for unaccounted sums of money? If you did please tell the public where you got this information from. If you did not please clear your name of these allegations.

    Thompson Fontaine do you know an island called Hispanolia shared by the countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic? Are you not confusing the Dominican Republic, (sometimes referred to as Dominica and whose nationals are also called Dominicans), with the Commonwealth of Dominica known as DOMINICA and whose nationals are called Dominicans?
    Dr. Fontaine I appreciate the value of your concerns but please do not make a full of your Ph.D status. Do your research first, make sure it is correct and doent not confuse with the Dominican Republic before you publish…verbally, electronically or otherwise.

    Now have a very happy holiday season… and make sure you are correct when you countersue… because only you will regret it… good bye.

  36. Anonymous
    December 22, 2011

    Dr. Fontaine thank you for doing this for all of us, our country definitely needs people like you who will fight for what is right. We will all benefit from your work.

  37. Anonymous
    December 22, 2011

    STAND YOUR GROUND. TIT FOR TAT, BUTTER FOR FAT. YOU ARE DOMINICAN TOO.

  38. Lougaoo Mem
    December 22, 2011

    If only Dominica could talk, everyone would know where all that money walk. However, we all know who are the profiteers.

  39. KEVIN
    December 22, 2011

    i definitely supporting d thompson fountaine on this one,you mean st.kitts recorded 40 times more than dominica’s program,this completel says that we need to restructure this program.

  40. Dominica
    December 22, 2011

    As the late Rome Bannis- would say –‘Fontaine bar-way yo- eh chea-bey yo’- translation is: He has surprised them and he has stop them in their tracks’ -’. Way to go brother——–Now they are nervous and defending by playing offence-Here Astaphans- ‘We are consulting with the PM to file the law suit’—–Man you had so much time since you sent your warning letter -why don’t you file the lawsuit? We have them cornered………………Dominica belong to Dominicans and not to Skerrit and his hucksters…………………File away Astaphans……..

  41. laughing cow
    December 22, 2011

    Dominicans need the truth! Too long we’ve been lied to and mislead! Let the truth be told once and for all..

    • Anonymous
      December 22, 2011

      I am 100% supporting your statement. Let the chip fall where it may.

  42. A_S
    December 22, 2011

    Mr Fontaine the case is whether the DLP administration/Mr Skerrit sold the passport to a notorious Indian Dawoud Ibrahim. Thus Mr Fontaine, are you absolutely sure you have concrete evidence that suggests that Mr Skerrit sold Dominican passport to Mr Dawoud Ibrahim of India?

    We agree that Dominica needs to cease with its selling of his passports and that proper accounting ought to be done regarding the sales. However, reading this article and your quotes it seems that you have not done justice to the issue you are being sued for. It seems that you (Mr Fontaine) is using a cop-out answer regarding the issue.

    Lastly, a serious investigation needs to be launched regarding the sales of Dominican passports. Secondly, we hope that Mr Fontaine has concrete evidence regarding the sale of a Dominican passport to Mr Dawoud Ibrahim. Thirdly, making a comparative quotation between Dominica and St.Kitts does not address the critical question that is what you are sued for.

    • Belle Noel
      December 22, 2011

      agreed… the man not sure if what he said is true or false so he comparing what dominica make with st kitts. and that is not the point. the point is whether he have proiof skerrit sell passport to any criminal and whether he have sound proof of that

      • DANZIGER
        December 22, 2011

        @ Its about time, those who live in glass houses should not throw STONES ok .

      • Huh?
        December 23, 2011

        At the end of the day … this is true.

    • It's about time
      December 22, 2011

      I support Thompson 125%. I know him personally and he is an honorable individual. If there is one person Mr. Skeritt and Mr. Astaphan should respect is him cause he means business.

      • A_S
        December 22, 2011

        I am not concerned about whether you know him or not; I am concerned whether he has concrete evidence to support his claim because this is a serious allegation. Some people are always seen “honorable” until the truth is really exposed. Thus I really hope Dr Fontaine knows what he is doing.

      • DANZIGER
        December 22, 2011

        Nonsense.

    • Anonymous
      December 22, 2011

      Thank you sir for your great comment.

      If each person would think like you the board would have much better substantive dialogue.

    • Blessings
      December 22, 2011

      But how thirdly and secondly come after lastly nuh? hahahaha

      Look at you seat here in denial.

      Tell Tony and Skerro to go to court quiccckly immediately and all your questions will be answered.

      Hope your chest can take it.

    • Truth Seeker
      December 22, 2011

      Frankly, some of us are beginning to question how this man come to have a PhD, and from what school. Earning the highest degree the world can bestow on a human being for her/his academic scholarship requires tremendous amount of research, factual evidence gathering and triangulation of such findings, if only to prove your point beyond doubt.

      Fontaine appears to engage in none of the foregoing. Instead, he is more predisposed to drawing inferences or making conclusions regardless to what the facts say, or worse, without supplying the facts after engaging in genuine scholarly research.

      It is a classic example of intellectual dishonesty by Mr. Fontaine (seen in this article) to conjecture or give the impression that there must be some form of thievery on the part of Mr. Skeritt because the Federation of St. Kitts-Nevis “with a less popular economic citizenship program, recorded $207 million in earnings and Dominica recorded only $8-million.”

      Fontaine’s assertion is deprived of serious scholarship, so much so that it makes for a good laugh. You have to ask, at the very least: What facts is Fontaine relying on to call people thief? What period/dates are being compared for both countries? How many passports were sold by St. Kitts-Nevis as opposed to Dominica in the period under study? Indeed, how much does each country’s respective pass to citizenship cost? Barring the most minimal response to each of these questions, Fontaine’s assertions do not stand up to any serious inquiry.

      While we’re asking for those who would make news to do the due diligence in making sure the news is fit to be digested and taken seriously, we believe that those who report the news, DNO included, owes the reading public better information (answers to the preceding questions to begin with) so that we can make informed comments and decisions on such a grave national issue.

  43. Jude Nicholas
    December 22, 2011

    DNO Editor Please conduct your own research on this one.

    The Annual Budget of St. Kitts is about EC$400M or about US$146M.

    Is Thompson Fountaine saying or implying that the Economic Citizenship Program in St. Kitts brings in more than fifty (50%) percent of St Kitts revenue intake?.

    In my view that is outrageous but DNO it is your responsibility to do the necessary research and properly inform your many readers and the general public.

    I look forward to your response. I will in my limited way conduct some research.

    • Papa Dom
      December 22, 2011

      Question for you. Did Thompson say that the figure relates to transaction for 1, 2 or ten years? The figure being quoted for Dominica is that for 1,2 or ten years? Why do you fools try so hard to defend? please tell me so I can understand where Dominica is headed.

    • Love Doc
      December 22, 2011

      Jude a budget is put forward annually. Did he say is 207m per year and DA 8M annually? Josh! Who gave u a computer?

      • Blessings
        December 22, 2011

        LOL…Boy you seeing them labourites just shame and doh know what to say. DID THOMSON SAY THE FIGURES WERE ANNUAL FIGURES? What happen to those idiots there nuh?…even want to tell DNO Editor to research. hahahaha…Jude Nicholas OPEN YOUR BLASTED EYES AND READ AND TELL US WHERE THOMSON SAID ANNUAL! FOOLISH SET OF PEOPLE. hahahaha

    • Patriotic Citizen
      December 22, 2011

      Foreign Direct Investment declined by 41.5% to reach $281.03 million according to “The Observer” St. Kitts’ local online newspaper…

      I too was baffled at Fontaine’s statement when I first read through, but indeed it is true!!!

      • Oh Gosh
        December 22, 2011

        Read the statements again idiot. The man never said annual. He gave a ball pack figure. What happen, Skerrit spray allu brain with a special liquid? LMAO

      • Anonymous
        December 22, 2011

        May I ask what is true ???????

      • Jude Nicholas
        December 22, 2011

        Well Well Well how comes Foreign Direct Investment become part of Economic Citizenship Program? Stop making a fool of your self.

        The above include investment by Marriott, Lime, Offshore Medical School, and the many more hotel investment by foreign companies.

        By the way what was amazing is to hear Jeremy St Clair on Matt this morning on Q95 telling Dominicans and the World That Tony Astaphan does not have the Legal qualification of LLB and LEC hence, he is a Bogus Lawyer.

        What was more amazing Matt Peltier the host never stopped the Man and correct him. Therefore, I am not surprised with Thompson Fountain Figures.

        I wonder when this riduculous and humourous thing going to end.

    • Donald Tusk
      December 22, 2011

      Jude Nicholas, WE KNOW WHAT U GETTING! :twisted:

  44. Anonymous
    December 22, 2011

    Good for you but watch your back.

  45. weee
    December 22, 2011

    Linton said the same.

    • Oh Gosh
      December 22, 2011

      Yes Linton said the same and he is waiting for Bubbles to Burst in the court…LMAO. You never see nonesense like that before? Skerrit being accused of owning the Villas, Bubbles take infront. hahahaha

      Linton said the same and he is waiting for Dominica to know the truth about the villas.

      Allu too wicked and like to support corruption!

  46. politbureau
    December 22, 2011

    mr. fontaine those figures are not sufficient by themselves to draw any conclusions. e.g are the costs of the passports the same?etc.

    • Oh Gosh
      December 22, 2011

      the man just draw a reference, allu all hot and bothered. Tell your government hurry and expedite that case…for people like you to hold your head and ball woooooye why t hem man embarrass us labourites soooo

  47. My2Sense
    December 22, 2011

    Those are some astounding figures.

    • DANZIGER
      December 22, 2011

      Lord bless our PM AND OUR Country.

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