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.