Showdown looms in PM IPO matter

Senior Counsel Tony Astaphan

Senior Counsel, Tony Astaphan, has called for the resignation of the entire Integrity in Public Office (IPO), excluding the chairman, and has threatened to boycott a new hearing by the commission on January 7 concerning Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

Speaking on state-owned DBS Radio, Astaphan said the entire commission has been infiltrated by those affiliated to the Dominica Freedom Party and the United Workers Party who wants to embarrass the prime minister.

“We are not going to allow people with political axes to grind in the commission to turn it into a kangaroo court or pappyshow to try to embarrass the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit,” he said. “A letter was also sent to the chairman of the integrity commission saying we reserve the right, on the behalf of the prime minister, to demand that every single commissioner, other than the chairman of the commission, resign from the commission.”

He went on to say the reason why his team isn’t asking for the resignation of the chairman of the commission is because “he is a highly respected three-term secretary to the cabinet.”

But the senior counsel did not stop there. He threatened to boycott the sitting of the commission on January 7 if three members, including Babs Dyer and Anthony Laronde, attend.

“That pappyshow has to stop,” Astaphan insisted. “”This thing has become a joke and we are not prepared to make Roosevelt Skerrit part of any political joke by persons, not the whole commission, who are politically affiliated to political parties who will leak confidential information and matters before the commission.”

PM Skerrit is before the commission on a complaint brought by radio personality Lennox Linton who claimed that he had used his official influence as Chairman of Cabinet to secure concessions for a business concern in which it is alleged that he holds ownership interest.

That complaint is the third part of a three point allegation brought to the attention of the Commission by Linton.

The two other parts of the complaint which also suggest that the prime minister had breached certain provisions of the integrity in office act were rejected by the commission.

Hearings on the matter were expected to begin on December 17 but were pushed back to January 7 after Astaphan and his team threatened to take the matter to court seeking an injunction to have it quashed.

The lawyers had written to the IPO challenging the legitimacy of two of its members and the commission ruled that they (the lawyers) were entitled to be heard.

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149 Comments

  1. 1979
    December 19, 2012

    If dominicans continue to advertise the prosperity of wrong doing in dominica, I may just have to revert to my old ways. Hard work, a little scheming here and there, ya…. No sense in being the good guy in the land of theivery, let the games begin!!! Or continue because the game in full swing long time

    • Justice and Truth
      December 20, 2012

      If you feel this way, two wrongs do not make a right. Do not copycat anyone for you may find yourself in hot water.

      • 1979
        December 20, 2012

        LOLOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL this reminds me of RON GREEN AND SKERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRIT…

        YOU DOE FIND???????????

        He POE crate!!!!

    • Cyrique
      December 26, 2012

      Dominica is spelt with a capital D!!!

  2. Anonymous
    December 19, 2012

    tony doh worry with them. You getting paid, and income tax cannot come and check your tax. All in the mindst of Marpin Staff going home, Domlec soon, Cables sending more out, and public officers cannot get more than 1percent. Fellow dominicans doh worry the changing of the names of the mountains will reverse all those things. Tony tell them stop the bitching!!!

  3. Justice and Truth
    December 19, 2012

    There are pros and cons in this situation. Everyone has a right to his/hher opinion.
    Tony is correct. It does sound like a pappyshow and kangaroo court. They are vindictive. They are also not operating in the interest of Dominica and its nationals. Can’t some of you not read between the lines of their actions?
    It would be interesting to know, is Babs Dyer a born-Dominican? I suppose she is a naturalized citizen of Dominica. Marrying a Dominican does not automatically make one a naturalized citizen. If not a Dominican, the person should not practice law in Dominica which is an independent country. As bad, to be on a committee who is against the PM and has such hatred for him. Those who are not citizens do not have a voice and should not be involved in this.

    • Justice and Truth
      December 19, 2012

      :oops: ‘her’

    • Blind Bat
      December 19, 2012

      @Justice & Truth

      You running your mouth and you don’t even know BABS HENRY DYER is a MAN and 100% DOMINICAN by birth. You so busy to yap you confused like TONY! .

      • Justice and Truth
        December 20, 2012

        I did not give it a thought. His correct name should have been mentioned. I generally call people by their name and not nickname. There are women who are also named ‘Babs’. I know two of them but there may be more.
        Yes! You are a blind bat alright. :twisted: You are the one running your mouth. Ask questions or provide your comments respectfully. If you wish to teach others this is what you should do. You have no tact.
        There are reasons why I stated it. Give me the benefit of the doubt. Allow me to voice my opinion as you expect of others. Have respect. Learn it. Do not insult others. We are all fellow Dominicans.
        St. Paul said, “Whatever you do, do it with love.” Our Lord Jesus Christ taught us, love for one another.
        If you were a Christian and a genuinely practicing one you would have known better. God is taking note of all we do and say. Furthermore, it is not an act of love and respect to utilize derogatory words to others and those whom you do not know. I reiterate, have respect; learn it. Do not step out of your bounds.
        It is noticeable who supports the PM and who do not. This does not mean that those who support him are wrong in what they state and those who do not support him are correct. Some of you are giving thumbs down out of malice. Your attitude, as imbedded in your heart is showing. :twisted:

    • ROSEAU VALLEY
      December 20, 2012

      I have read your posts and for a while I thought you knew what you were writing about but my friend you are lost on this one.

      You wrote,

      “It would be interesting to know, is Babs Dyer a born-Dominican? I suppose [she]is a naturalized citizen of Dominica. Marrying a Dominican does not automatically make one a naturalized citizen. If not a Dominican, the person should not practice law in Dominica which is an independent country”

      Please.. chill. You know nothing about what you are writing. MR. HENRY BABS DYER is a HE. A born Dominica etc etc..

      Respectfully
      Roseau valley

  4. ROSEAU VALLEY
    December 19, 2012

    You know! There is something he must have eaten or something in the air that he may have breathed in but I really think that he is getting mad.

    Imagine, he now wants the resignation of the entire Commission excluding the chairman because according to him all the members are tainted by partisan political interest. What a joke. Pure hogwash.

    Is Tony challenging the individuals who comprise the Commission of the statutory provision under which the Commission was lawfully constituted? In fact, it cannot be either as the Act itself permits affiliates /representatives of the opposition and the Bar Association, Accounting Body etc to be appointed as members of the Commission.

    Tony knows that is not any affiliate of the Freedom Party or the UWP who wants to embarrass the PM .The PM has embarrassed himself and the country for too long and the Commission is merely seeking to do exactly what it was set up to do-if Tony would only allow it.

    After all, it was the DLP who introduced and passed the legislation- albeit reluctantly so aware of their inside dealings at the time. But it was the PM who said that the probe into the matter will prove “once and for all” that he isn’t involved in the villa scandal etc.

    Now that the very IPO is taking action, Tony is acting like a mad man running all over the place screaming foul, talking about grinding of political axes when Dominica has already been chopped into pieces by these politicians.

    We agree with Tony that this pappyshow ride on which he has been taking Dominicans has to stop. Tony, Alick, Lennox L, Austrie, Ian, Collin and Skerrit et al can no longer be allowed to take us for a joke. Dominicans must send a loud and clear message to these people that we will no longer accept such conduct.

    As Mr. James advised us, the IPO was set up to deal with such issues in order to safeguard the country from the abuse of authority of public officials. Whatever Tony may say, it is a good thing that these allegations are being investigated so that the cloud of suspicion could be removed over the PM-who should not win another election in Dominica.

    So what is the matter? Personally, I think that Tony is doing more damage to the PM and the DLP than helping their present position and their political legacy. For whether the PM wins all the legal battles, as a young politician his career is being destroyed by the overzealous legal tactic and technicalities employed by Tony.

    Unfortunately, the PM is too stressed, afraid and overwhelmed in dealing with the negative impact of his own wrongdoings that he has surrendered the survival of his political career in Tony’s experienced legal hands, which could only bring him legal results but regretfully not moral or political victories.

    Respectfully
    Roseau valley

    • Lougaoo Mem
      December 19, 2012

      @ Roseau Valley,
      You hit the nail on the head fellow countryman. I only wish that the majority of our citizens would see the light of “Truth to Power”. Indeed, we are a breed like no other in the region.

    • ____________________
      December 19, 2012

      The longer it takes, the more convinced true and honest Dominicans will be as to who the real owner of these beautiful houses is.
      By the way i don’t know if is something that i must have eaten or drunk when i was young, but to me ‘I feel as though i am going mad’…….
      ‘There is a disease blowing in the wind, and it is called madness’ I say ‘There is a disease blowing in the wind and it’s called madness’…

      • Shameless
        December 19, 2012

        :lol: It seems like our PM is breathing the tainted wind and suffering from the same madness. Lord have mercy on us all..

        Assertive, NOT Agressive!

    • Cant't Find a Job
      December 19, 2012

      Roseau Valley how do you know how much the PM filed, his loan statements…how do you know all these personal information

      • ROSEAU VALLEY
        December 20, 2012

        Throught the same source that you get your information to broadcast on the Upper Level show on Kairifm.

        The same way you get people’s personnal information and make political mileage with it on the radio.

        Respectfully
        Roseau Valley

  5. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012

    Reminds me of humpty dumpty

  6. Reflection
    December 18, 2012

    Well, if the PM is found guilty over any of the allegations, there are other competent ministers in his Cabinet who can lead the DLP government forward and who can be trusted by the existing donor countries and organizations. There is just too many distractions with all these allegations.

    Too many delays in the Court system and this is now extending to the Commissions!

  7. Cant't Find a Job
    December 18, 2012

    DNO DNO DNO PLEASE POST

    50. (1) A member of the Commission or the Secretary to the Commission shall not enter upon the duties of his office until he has
    taken the oath of allegiance, oath of office and oath of secrecy as specified in the Fourth Schedule.
    (2) A staff member of the Commission shall not enter upon the duties of his office until that member has taken the oath of office and the oath of secrecy as specified in the Fourth
    Schedule.

    BE CAREFUL GUYS

    55. (1) In any proceedings commenced on the allegations made by a person against a person in public life the burden of proof shall be on the person making such allegations.
    (2) A person who makes false allegations whether in writing or not against any person in public life, otherwise than under the procedure prescribed under this Act, commits an offence and on conviction be liable to the penalty set out in
    paragraph (a) or (b) of subsection (3);
    (3) A person who maliciously makes a false allegation or maliciouslyprovides false information related to bribery, corruption
    or to possession of unaccounted property commits an offence and is liable-
    (a) on indictment on conviction to a fine of
    $30,000.00 or to imprisonment for a term of five years or to both such fine and imprisonment;

    (b) on summary conviction to a fine of $15,000.00
    or to a term of imprisonment for three years.

  8. Cant't Find a Job
    December 18, 2012

    DNO, you need to stop publishing Lennox Linton news or you will end up like Krazy Tee to pay big sums of money.

  9. Cant't Find a Job
    December 18, 2012

    DNO PLEASE DONT DELETE THIS LINK NOW

    https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/politics/ipo-pushes-back-hearings-on-pm-matter/

    According to a source with reliable information on the matter, “there was a debate as to whether they (Skerrit’s) lawyers were entitled to be heard and since Davidson Bruney cannot deliberate on the matter it was taken to a vote (at the IPO Commission) which ended at 3-3 … the chairman then had to break the deadlock and he voted to have the matter pushed to January 7, 2013.”

    So the IPO Commission is leaking out information

    • ROSEAU VALLEY
      December 19, 2012

      What about this link where the PM said the probe into the matter will prove “once and for all” that he isn’t involved in the villa scandal and he has no interest in those villas and that he has not acted in any way in breach of the code of conduct under the act. Blah blah blha.

      Wasn’t it the same PM who welcome the investigations by the IPO so that according to him this would finally putting the matter to rest.. Then please Tony, let the IPO proceed to put the matter to rest.

      https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/politics/pm-confident-ipo-investigation-will-vindicate-him/

      Respectfully
      Roseau valley

      • Cant't Find a Job
        December 19, 2012

        The Point here is that confidential information is being leaked and this is not good…I don’t care who leaks it…this is sad and we will never get to know the truth.

        How does a close source knows the dealing of the IPO to tell Lennox or DNO or DBS or anybody for that matter.

        You are too political and in your hatred of Skerrit you ae missing the point.

        This IPO is a joke and the case is over

      • ROSEAU VALLEY
        December 20, 2012

        Well that is the argument that you wish to make but that is not the issue at hand. Good luck with your issue. I shall reiterate my point.

        You are simply trying to divert people’s attention from the crux of the matter with your side show.

        Ask yourself for the source of the confidential information that is leaked on the Upper Level show every week like the application for duty free concession by Dr Francis Severin

        Respectfully
        Roseau valley

  10. More
    December 18, 2012

    It looks like the Prime Minister hurt Lennox bad boy when they were growing up. Lennox has a real grudge against him will stop at nothing until he gets the pm out. Well I am all ears.

    • Cant't Find a Job
      December 19, 2012

      He knows how the PM hurt him….A man comes out of the shadow and takes your dream, you are not going to like this man.

      Remember, DLP was suppose to have lost in 2005..Peirro was not doing well and DLP was suppose to lost.

      Now all big boys were aligning themselves with UWP for big jobs (UN,Ambassadors, UK all sorts fo jobs) and Skerrit just come from no where and just derailed the plan.

      So you think Scarface is going to like Skerrit…NO WAY

      • Malgraysa
        December 19, 2012

        No wonder you “Can’t Find a Job”!

  11. "O" STRESS"
    December 18, 2012

    Win. Loose ,OR draw, We are in serious trouble.

  12. Peeping Tom
    December 18, 2012

    You know, the opposition and its operatives are actually going to deny Dominicans the opportunity to know the truth about this matter through their constant illegal machinations that only serve to corrupt the process. One thing is certain, the PM’s lawyers will jump at every indication of a corrupted process and they will be justified in seeking to protect their client.

    The best thing that can happen to this inquiry now is for the opposition to stop its dirty games.

    • Anonymous
      December 19, 2012

      I support fully the fact that the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica deserves a fair hearing with a strong panel of impartial and honourable members. No question about that at all but I say PM of DA not Skerrit as I am always cognizant of the fact that one day a real leader may hold that office and the system must be in place to protect those officials from unnecessary harassment and attack but at the same time be ready to strike when deserved.

      While I perfer the activist to be clean, beggars cannot be choosers. I will take it in the form of Lennnox. A bitter pill yes but so be it.

  13. Hate ignorance
    December 18, 2012

    Tony is trying to play a game ,why is only now after lennox pointed to the credibilty of the members skerrit selected that he is talking , They were hand picked by the labour camp and so based on his letter to the commission copied to lennox he realized that he made a fool out of him self talking about political affiliation . So i wont be surprised if he pays them huge sums to resign just to get his point across and by doing so force the other members to probably do the same , If that happens we talking about a next year before the commission could recover but by then it would be election . hmmm ( money would be flowing so the people eyes would be covered or blinded from all these allegations and founded accusation , but GOd is good , one day ,one day ,one day )

  14. Hmmmmp
    December 18, 2012

    That’s y I love Tony Astsphans……. Lol . Make then work…. It’s not a show….. Leave our PM alone

  15. ENGLISH MAN
    December 18, 2012

    So now the shoe is on the other foot Mr Astaphan don’t like it. This is just a joke people have a look at the members of the Electoral Commission and and ask yourself why they can’t have the voters ID card up to now. All you better open your eyes and stop let Astaphan play with you all minds. Think, read and research for yourself for God sake.

  16. Jayson
    December 18, 2012

    DNO what’s up with BVI comment, since morning this comment been waiting to be moderate, I saw this comment when there were only four, what is wrong with the individual’s comment

    • what?
      December 18, 2012

      eh?

    • Justice and Truth
      December 19, 2012

      So? What is your hurry? Take your time. If it is to be posted it will be posted. Do you not know that all comments are moderated and are awaiting moderation? Some of you think that DNO owes you something and is obligated to post your comments. Did you not read DNO’s regulations?

  17. Mr.Gouty
    December 18, 2012

    If the PM have nothing to hide where does confidentiality comes in Senior Counsel Tony Astaphan please please please explane that to us

    • Distured
      December 18, 2012

      Well to answer this…One would have to have both an open and a closed mind.

      There are certain things the public is better off not knowing about; hence the information control.
      example, if a secret about D/ca were to leak to other countries, that say, we are mining gold/oil/ cocaine in our Mount “Peace” and “Health”. We wud be financially fkd.

      On the other hand, there could be the process of us being sold off as “slaves” (may or may not be literally) to other countries. Or worse, Dominica could get Terra-faced.

      There are many more possibilities i could run for you, however, like many other governments,war factions, terrorists, rebels and so on… u would need to pay me…

      NOTE: I am in no way establishing myself to any political party, as i am against the entirety that is the government system. Pure fail~! LoL

    • Queen Osanna
      December 19, 2012

      Tony seem to think the country is his father’s business.
      Dominicans need to stand up to Tony.

  18. WATCHING
    December 18, 2012

    DNO, my comment was posted since morning and you are still moderating it,while all kinds of comments are being posted. I am watching.

  19. WATCHING
    December 18, 2012

    I cannot understand why some members of Commissions and Committees continue to divulge confidential informaton to newsmongers, who read such communication on the radio to appear to be intelligent, without paying regard to those members who are innocent. Members of the Public Accounts Committee have done it, and now members of the Integrity Committee are doing it. Those who know do know.
    I agree with Mr Astaphan that this nonesence must stop. By the way the Public Accounts Committee has gone into hiding until the usual persons come up with another plot. LOOK OUT.

    • Yam Babawoolais
      December 18, 2012

      You beg for your comment to be posted only to get a bunch of thumbs down. Lol. Common sense has evaded you my friend. G o get some enlightenment .

    • 1979
      December 18, 2012

      Boss once it has the prefix PUBLIC then it implies public interests as invested, so don’t we have any right to know?????????

      Smh boy allu good to wi, with your technicalities..

      Weh weh weh weh

      I’m a good chess player anyways

    • Peeping Tom
      December 18, 2012

      :lol: :lol:

  20. jespen
    December 18, 2012

    Good move. Even the priests and pastors are politically affiliated

    • Distured
      December 18, 2012

      All u twits are. Sheesh. Politics is a method used to enslave the people, by the people and “for” the people.

      Poli = many
      tics = blood suckers

      The only unity that exists are those ganging up to drain the land and its life forms dry.

    • BOMBER
      December 18, 2012

      arent we all?

  21. waypapa
    December 18, 2012

    I always hear my drand mother say when you spit untop it falls back on your nose and that is very true,Tony have a song dose play on his annimal show it goes like this wow, wow, wow something happening and it so exciting, well yes Tony something is happening and it so eciting for the people of this country now everyone one can see what is going and you putting your P M deeper into trouble everyday because he is so blind that he cannot see, but again no lies live forever it was just a matter of time befor you Tony flipppppppppppppppppped you just begin to talk you think God joking he just start to teach you Tony a lesson, again you all believe that faracan came into this country for a JOKE well he came and leave now everything stone is truning for Skerrit and his Kabal, patients my people……………….let’s wait and see now what is going to happen to the IPO’s.

  22. Porsha
    December 18, 2012

    Please somebody help him please. Please help cyanhard. :?:

  23. December 18, 2012

    But in all that melee where is Skerrit? In Macau? China? Turks and Caicos? Venezuela? Libya? North Korea?
    Did he leave Tony acting PM or is Tony the actual PM?
    Boy this man and his cabal has turned Dominica into one STINKING MESS.
    Tony i honestly thought that one had to be an elected member of the house to be the Prime Minister of the country? So how then did you get this position?

  24. Cant't Find a Job
    December 18, 2012

    Tony has a point ….you cannot have people who accuse you of corruption calling your case…this entire IPO is a joke.

    Unless this is an independent body (non-politicians) this circus will continue.

    Can you imagine the UWP politician/radio personalities , Bab Dyer and Laronde discussing the case and framing it and then the PM has to go to discuss the complaint against him with these guys that have conspired against him.

    It’s a joke

    Think of it

    • eagle eye
      December 19, 2012

      you that is the dam joke…majeeeee

    • Observer
      December 19, 2012

      Why should my accuser stand in judgement against me? Where is the natural justice? Good governance, transparency in government, truth, peace and justice demands, demands, demands that the accused ought not to be tried by those who accuse him.

      Tell me people, we live in a small community. There are many things we know about. Aren’t there members of the IPO Commission, atleast four, certainly three of them, who have in one form or the other accused the PM of corruption, open or subtle as it may be? Should thesevery same individuals now sit in judgement against him in this matter which touches at the very heart of corrupt practices in government? Where is the natural justice? Let us stop the partisan political vitriol in our discussion and smell the coffee. We still live in a state that is governed by laws and regulations. No wonder a lot of the cases brought against Mr. skerrit fail. Partisan Political arguments are not entertaioned within the four walls of the court as exciting and palatable as it might seem on the radio. One of the hallmarks of our justice system is that the accused must not be judged by the accuser. It does not matter how lucid and palatable, politically that is, Mr. Linton can speak to the issue of wrong in the governance of this country. In our search for justice as we know it, everything boils down to how well we prove our accusation agaisnt anyone beforea non-biased tribunal. Take it or leave it that is our system.

      The accused, whether is PM or not is entitled to use every legal means to first and foremost insist on justice and fair play from the very moment his is chared or accused with a crime. That is his/her right our right as a civilzed society.

  25. 1979
    December 18, 2012

    DNO maybe you should find out whether the PM wishes you to retract this article???

    https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/politics/pm-confident-ipo-investigation-will-vindicate-him/

    What happened? I thought the investigation was supposed to clear the air ??

    smfh….

    to those dominicans who are still asleep

    wipe your eyes little sally walker…

    and turn to the one you love the very best…

    geez

  26. Drlee
    December 18, 2012

    Desperation time for Tony, Tick tok,tick tok, tick tok.

  27. God is Good
    December 18, 2012

    You people are missing the point here. The IPO is suppose to be sworn to privacy yet still three member of the IPO leak information to Lennox Linton. How can u have a fair trail wen this happens. This is not about Skerrit and Tony as the lawyer for Skerrit has a right to talk on behalf of his client. This is bull.

    • mouth of the south
      December 18, 2012

      that’s a lie… where’s your proof… don’t just spew nonsense to fool those in the diaspora

      • Peeping Tom
        December 18, 2012

        What do you care about proof?? “Proof?” YOU ask for proof??
        :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • 1979
      December 18, 2012

      god is good, it damn well needed to leak, or we would be OBLIVIOUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

      • 1979
        December 18, 2012

        you in a SECRET SOCIETY MAN??????????????

        well I AM NOT……..

        once is wrong LEAK IT RASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

        WICKED

      • Peeping Tom
        December 18, 2012

        Hmmm! See how farcical you guys are? You scream for justice, transparency, and good governance but in the same breath you are ready to break all the rules and do away with this good governance, which you also claim to want to build! There is only one justice and it is blind and impartial. You cannot twist it to suit your case, neither can i.

        The twisted logic of the malicious mind.

      • 1979
        December 19, 2012

        Boy peeping tom is so u want the lodge to run dominica secretly??? I always suspect that is what people like u want. Petit bourgouise finish my boy!!!

    • disappointed
      December 18, 2012

      who tony think he is. Mr out of place. He believe dominica is his and he and PM can do wat they want smh

    • BOMBER
      December 18, 2012

      u sure is them that leakin it out? hmm…truth be told

      • Joan
        December 19, 2012

        With Tony anything is possible,he could be the one leaking out those information, only to blame it on others, Tony your day will surely come

  28. New York
    December 18, 2012

    Why is the positive comments posted about Tony has suddenly evaporated?Maybe that’s why you power hungry clowns are the only ones commenting.

    • New York
      December 18, 2012

      I mean are instead of is.

    • Cant't Find a Job
      December 18, 2012

      You are so correct. I see this all the time…the UWP gets excited over miniature nonsensical stuff once its against Skerritt only to have their high inflatable balloon popped all the time.

      The sooner UWP and Lennox get over thier hatred of Skeritt I think they will have more productive and fruitful lives…

      Par Example…finding a job and not blaming people for not being employed by no one in DA

      • BOMBER
        December 18, 2012

        how did u secure your job?

      • Justice and Truth
        December 19, 2012

        They better not go to church and ask God for forgiveness for their sins. Their hearts are hard.

  29. grell
    December 18, 2012

    My correction,this country so upset about my poor cuntry.tony you have to go.

  30. grell
    December 18, 2012

    tjis country is a joke,dominica is in great trouble and the poor is going to feel the pain.mr.pm man up stop having tony run the country,tony is a vampire and the light is going to shine soon.major disasters are coming tony.your not god my friend,your a bloodsucker tony.go back to the middle east.you have robbed the people for generations.stand up dominicans fight.

  31. TRUEMAN
    December 18, 2012

    ***TELLING THE TRUTH***

    “We are not going to allow people with political axes to grind in the commission to turn it into a kangaroo court or pappyshow to try to embarrass the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit,”

    Mr.Astaphan,
    Why would would telling the truth be embarassing for the PM. If there’s NOTHING TO HIDE…then, just the truth prevail!!!

    -Thanks

    • Observer
      December 18, 2012

      People, should my accuser stand in judgement against me? Is this natural justice? It does not matter how we feel about Tony Astaphans and his ability to exploit shortcomings in the law, or interpret the law inparticular way. every lawyer interprete the law as they see it and as the circumstnaces under which they are called to representtheir client dictates. It is the court, which must interprete the law and give it its proper perspective and meaning. The point must be made. Those who accuse the PM of wrong doings ought not to sit in judgement against him. Its like asking Tony Astaphans to seat in judgement against lennox Linton on a matter of not telling the truth. We know the outcome already. Or asking Lennox Linton to sit in judgement over Mr. James and his stewardship as PM between 1995 and 2000. On one hand we all know that Tony has branded Lennox as a misrepresenter of the truth so already in Tony’s view Lennox is doomed already. Lennox for his part sees absolutelyt nothing right and proper aboit the name TonyAstaphans, much more for the person. Lennox as well is not on the record finding any fault whatsoever with Mr. James’ style of leadership as PM even when for example his government received a stern rebuke from the OECS Court of Appeal for jerrymandeering the boundaries of five constitunecies. Mr. james will always comeup good and proper with any assessment of by Lennox. Not so with Tony Astaphans who has labelled Mr. James as a foreigner to the truth and soemone who is careless with the truth. There is not a good bone in Mr. james a la Tony and not even the idea of an idea of a good bone in PM Skerrit a la lennox.

      What I need to say is that no matter whether PM Skerrit is guilty of a wrong doing or not, it does not matter whether it is Lennox linton who has brought it to light. What it really comes down to in the final analysis, less we hear of a miscarriage of justice, is that the one or individuals making the accusation, ought not to sit in judgement against the accused. Simply put Lennox as the “whistle Blower” or any other person who support his cause/accusations/allegations ought not to sit in judgement agaisnt the PM. We live in a small society. we know each other. we know the politics of each other. There is ample evidence to prove that at least three members of the IPO have been on the political circuit (platform or Roseau Bar) accusing the PM of corruption. Common sense and sheer decency should advise that they ought to recuse themselves from the matter and let another person be the arbiter of the PM’s guilt or innocence. This is called natural justice. Any other way is referred to as prejudicing the other persons right to a fair and reasonable trial or investigation. We can sing our individual party lines to our death, that will not change the tried and tested maxim that “my accuser and his supporters ought not to sit in judgement against me”. Bring the case, present the evidence and leave the judgement of the facts to others.

  32. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012

    Take put all people comments because you know that noone can possibly have anything good to say about this ‘individual’. He trying to smear people name ??????? Julian Johnson that’s honorable ?????? Ok.

  33. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012

    One thing when is certain people that are the subject of these articles DNO takes days to moderate comments.

    • Hate ignorance
      December 18, 2012

      i posted when there was only 6 other posts up that was about 12 mid day , up to now my full post cant be seen .’ still awaiting something i wonder why ” on other issues its up long time hmmm. that one might not come up either . lol

  34. outrageous
    December 18, 2012

    but is skerritt that put them there how all of a sudden they not good—–hats off to Mr. Linton

  35. Illiterate
    December 18, 2012

    Come on Tony, you cannot always get your way so please stop that nonesense about boycotting. We grow up knowing 99 days for the thief and one for the police. The PM is not above the law, we see honourable men in the caribbean facing charges for wrongful doing so come on.

    Let us all hear the truth once and for all.

  36. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012

    Why all this hold up? I thought there was nothing to hide and the guys were ready to be interogated.

  37. Anonymous1
    December 18, 2012

    Is it not that same Tony that was saying “take it to the IPO” now for him the IPO is no good? What a country.

  38. IPO must have Balls
    December 18, 2012

    A Stitch in time saves nine. Haiti was the first Black nation to liberate itself from chattel slavery. The slaves of Haiti, led by Toussaint L’ouverture, fought with determination and patritotism, defeated the powerful army of France, the colonial master. Haiti and Haitians would pay a serious price for fighting for their freedoms and against enslavement.

    The colonial powers never gave up to overthrow the anti-slavery struggle. They were aided and abetted by locals. Budding dictatorship. All democratic institutions set up were dismantled. Others were heavily influenced. The Police force was infiltrated. A special force,ruthless, armed to the teeth, called the Tontons Macoute, terrified the Haitian people on behalf of the Dictators Papa Doc and his son Baby Doc.

    No Law, no Constitution could prevent the dictators of Haiti and their cohorts, as well as the “Elite Class” from doing what they wanted. Haiti became a lawless, failed state. Corruption rampant. The best lawyers were paid hefty sums to defend and protect those dictators and their friends. “Professionals” gave tacit support.

    Imagine Baby Doc stole millions from Haiti, ran off to France, exiled for some time, but allowed to return to Haiti after the earthquake. No justice. Nobody, no law, up to now could bring Baby Doc to justice.

    Dictators impoverished Haiti. While a few lived in luxury, wealthy, the majority remained poor. Thousands were brutally killed. The patriots were hunted down daily. The people’s freedoms, human rights were all taken from them.

    Dominica is on that path. A budding dictatorship stlye of rule that is prepared to destroy or influence all democratic institutions in Dominica. IPO, “Independent” Electoral Commission, Police, judiciary, Parliament, all will not be spared. We ain’t see nothing yet. Corruptionj is Evil. Evil breeds destruction.

    Is that Dominicans want? Show me who really loves the children, the Nature Isle, or the Jesus Christ of peace and righteousness? Why should so many thousands of Dominicans allow so few of the unrighteous to control their lives? The Cabal (like dentists) is extracting all the IPO’s teeth, 1 by 1, so it could not bite.

    The Supremo protectors are afraid that he implicates himself, (afraid IPO finds him lying) So they blocking any investigation. IPO must show the Dominican people that it has Balls, and working on behalf of all Dominicans, opposed to corruption. Tax payers pay IPO Commissioners’ salaries, not the bald-headed …….

  39. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012

    Well Tony and Skerit are Dopminica, Are they?

  40. lcm
    December 18, 2012

    In my view if the PM was confident he did nothing wrong he should have no worries. Let the facts be presented, that is why the IPO was set up. I believe that Mr. Astaphans know darn well there is info that may implicate the PM and he is trying to stop it, whatever it takes.
    furthermore, the PM is a public figure and elected by the people and the only privacy he should have is his personal home and when not on state duty. In his capacity that is difficult so any business he does is the publics right to know.

    This is why we should elect leaders who have worked hard and accomplished in life, so they do not into politics to fill there pockets

  41. Candominican
    December 18, 2012

    Well if there is any credibility in Tony’s current position, let continue to call other people to resign:
    the Cabinet of ministers who sit on the fence while the country is going to hell in hand basket
    the president for his questionable inauguration. Susan Rice, who was deem to replace Clinton ask the president not to consider her any further becuase she was accused of mishandling the Benghazi situation
    the bar association shoul resign for allowing isodore to practice law admidst all the alleged corruption and criminal charges against him,
    the bishop of Roseau for sitting o on his laurel unable to whisper a pray to the PM
    The current ambassador of the OECS under whose watch, directly or indirectly the BIN BOBOOL OCCURRED.
    and ask for the fame dabar- the honorable speaker of the house, she must go with immediate effect for stiffling debate in the house.

    I know other people will add to my list so i stop here

  42. you go
    December 18, 2012

    You running and you running and you running away , but you can’t run away from yourself!!

    • Frenz
      December 18, 2012

      We will find him a place where he belong. Tony must pay one day and I smell that day coming.

  43. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012

    The power behind the throne has spoken.

  44. aye
    December 18, 2012

    DNO i do not know but bssed on your reading population the comments on your page seems to be leaning against the present Government. It appears like the wool finally came off the eyes of ignorant Dominicans or Skerrit supporters just do not read.

  45. dissident
    December 18, 2012

    I think it is high time that de institutions of state show some balls and act in de interest of the citizens of this honorable state. Tony is also asking for de DLP memebers on de commission to resign as well.
    Where is our PM? WHO IS OUR PM? WHO IS DE HEAD OF PARLIAMENT?

    De entire cabinet including Mr Roosvelt Skerrit should resign. They have all abandoned their responsibilities as members of cabinet and given all of that power to Tony Arsetaphan and Lenno Lawrence.

    Nobody voted dem to any state office.

    Mr PM u playing with ur election legacy. De present medical state of chavez does not make u sit for a minute and ponder?

    We de people of Dominica warning that DLP.

    ALL U WILL LEARN TO SUFFER.

    • DOMINICAN
      December 18, 2012

      i am sure if all the ipo members were red tny ould be happy but that cannot be. babs dyer was ag for labour. as long as the claims are legitimate it does not matter who brings them forward so tell tony go and pray and seek jah first to show him the right way.

    • dayandnightvision
      December 18, 2012

      DISSIDENT, HOPE YOU NEVER GET SICK, BECAUSE YOU THINK SICKNESS IS FOR ONE SET OF PEOPLE

  46. LOL
    December 18, 2012

    Well well, Lennox you have Tony and dem shaking in their boots. Good job! It’s time for Dominicans to open their eyes. Next, we want an investigation into the GON Emmanuale matter and the behavior of government officials to try to pervert the course of justice in this matter.

  47. mango
    December 18, 2012

    hare boy tony tour back is against the the wall there is a dead rat you don’t want us to no it will come out one day tony.

  48. 1979
    December 18, 2012

    Let me see if their is anyone with cojoes in my coutry… Let me see JUST ONCE, that there is justice even when the target of investigation is a politician. Bring back my confidence in the IPO and the justice system in myu poor BROKEN country. Give me hope, that me, my family and sovereignty is guarded by the institutions charged to do so. And that I am no pawn in a politicians game. Show me that I, a citizen of the commonwealth of Dominica is of EQUAL value and importance as the man WE ALL ELECTED, I repeat ELECTED!!!! To lead us. Show me that all men BELOW GOD must ANSWER for their transgression…they SWORE on a BIBLE that they would protect my constitution… ON A BIBLE, YES. If the oath was not honored do not deceive the people who ELECTED YOU…. Tony we understand your position, you do the job you are paid to do without fear, favour OR CONSCIENCE! So show the “peoples” IPO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. Jayson
    December 18, 2012

    If you can’t trust a man’s word can you trust the man?

  50. Truth
    December 18, 2012

    :oops: :twisted: :mrgreen: :?: Skerit boy,Tony is putting the last nails in your coffin!The more he behaves the way he does,it’s the more those who supported you become suspicious and less trusting of you and turn their backs on you,making it easier for you to lose election,power and popularity!Ask PJ,he was the most popular Prime Minister!With all this commotion by Tony,it’s just making worse for Skerrit!The countdown is on,your days a few in numbers Skerrit! :oops: :twisted: :mrgreen: :?:

  51. hmmm
    December 18, 2012

    What I want to know is why are Dominicans tolerating the way Tony Astaphan talks to and about Dominicans?

  52. antedote for fools
    December 18, 2012

    Seriously, why are there executive and active members of political parties on the IPO commission?https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_neutral.gif

  53. enuff is enough
    December 18, 2012

    nb second paragraph above i meant a KNOWN POLITICAL ACTIVIST so dno where non is written it should have been KNOWN

    ps when one looses a case on the commisiion cannot they be legally sanctioned ????

  54. Word
    December 18, 2012

    Jeremiah 23:25 “The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.”

    Romans 2:5 “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.”

  55. Me
    December 18, 2012

    It cannot be right for members of the IPO to give Lennox “confidential” documents of any public officer much more those of the PM and its even more unethical for Lennox to read those docs on the radio. If it was me boss I would sue all of them! That is a rubbish, majee IPO! Is best people just publish their declarations in the newspapers man????

    • Peeping Tom
      December 18, 2012

      Well, this may be “majee”, but clearly this is Mr. Linton’s brand of democracy, truth, justice, and good governance: Break all the rules as long as they do not hurt him.

    • 100 % Dominican
      December 18, 2012

      To ‘ME’. Boss, these men are PUBLIC SERVANTS!!!!!!!!! Why should their ‘declarations’ be PRIVATE??? Particularly when they seem to have acquired these assets while working in PUBLIC OFFICE!!!!! Garcon, think about what you are saying and rethink your position!!!!!! Come clean………..

  56. Jude Nicholas
    December 18, 2012

    After Sunday Night I have come to the conclusion that the entire Integrity Commission should resigned or the entire Act repealed.

    With Lennox reading from declarations made to the IPO and letters written about the declaration which could only come from the file of the Hon Prime Minister. For sure the information was provided by a member or members of the IPO who has access to the file.

    This is taking the joke a bit too far. It is unfair for one to be persecuted in such a manner for political reasons. I do not believe any politician has been so persecuted.

    All the evidence indicate that the PM was not present was out of State and did not chair the meeting when the decision was taken. Yet the persecution continues.

    • Jay
      December 19, 2012

      Jude, we don’t know that the info. came from within the IPO. Isn’t at all possible that persons, close to the ruling clan are so disaffected and put the interest of country first that they would “leak” such info? The P.M. may be better advise to question the loyalty of those he considers trustworthy.

  57. Free Mind
    December 18, 2012

    I watching
    I waiting
    this just seems funny to me

  58. my take
    December 18, 2012

    I dont see why all this cry about Tony?..Just let your client go to the hearing and speak the truth..Speak the truth and the truth shall set you free..What is the crying about?

  59. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012

    But who does Humpty Dumpty think he is? Dominican head of state that anything he wants he have to get it. I will tell him just as the PM would say Go to hell.

  60. Not a herd follower
    December 18, 2012

    Tony Astaphan is not only threatening but is busily working to undermine democracy and the rule of law in Dominica. The man must be made to understand that he is not bigger than the institutions of the State of the Commonwealth of Dominica. He must not be allowed to succeed.

  61. Robert.F. Kennedy
    December 18, 2012

    R.F kennedy 1925-1968

    The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use, of how to get men of power to use for the public than off the public.

  62. Roseau.
    December 18, 2012

    What is going on in Dominica there nah! You mean one man can just come out and say he doh want that and just like dat it happening den??
    This administration must learn to follow the Rule of Law.
    The Constitution was set up long before them and they must toe the line.
    “We the People will over come.”

  63. simply blessed
    December 18, 2012

    secret must come out one day. 99 days for the theif one for the ……….. everytime something is against the prime minister, its a astaphan showdown

  64. Boom
    December 18, 2012

    Who died and made Tony Astaphan emperor of Dominica?

    Skerrit take back our country. You are abdicating your responsibilities to Tony Astaphan. Nobody elected Tony to anything. If he wants to call the shots, he should present himself to the electorate. Enough already.

    • Looking in
      December 18, 2012

      Who died? Dominicans died. SAD. I never know Dominicans to be so,,,such a damn shame.

  65. Not fair
    December 18, 2012

    Thank you Tony, you doing a fantastic job. This is crazy to be questions by persons who publicly proclaim their dislike for the P.M.

    Now we talking, it’s long overdue that Skerrit have to start standing up for himself.

    • Justice and Truth
      December 19, 2012

      It really is not fair at all.

  66. December 18, 2012

    Tony talking of boycott,well if he wants boycott,I am suggesting that all parliamentary members of the opposision and all top ranking public servants who are required to present their financial statements to the IPO should immediately refused to do so.What is good for the goose is good for the gander. That mikey mouse nonsense,that cocomakat must be stopped once and for all. If Skerrit or Tony has a problem, why not wait until the enquire is concluded and passed on to the DPP,the IPO has no authority to prosecute,them red jokers are running scared like school children.

  67. Ki sah
    December 18, 2012

    So the PM cannot even defend himself, that he has to allow people to make him a pappy – in a show? Mr. Astaphan stop shielding the big man and allow him to talk for himself, after all he is the PM and was not placed there because he dumb

  68. Hate ignorance
    December 18, 2012

    Tony is trying to play a game ,why is only now after lennox pointed to the credibilty of the members skerrit selected that he is talking , They were hand picked by the labour camp and so based on his letter to the commission copied to lennox he realized that he made a fool out of him self talking about political affiliation . So i wont be surprised if he pays them huge sums to resign just to get his point across and by doing so force the other members to probably do the same , If that happens we talking about a next year before the commission could recover but by then it would be election . hmmm ( money would be flowing so the people eyes would be covered or blinded from all these allegations and founded accusation , but GOd is good , one day ,one day ,one day )

  69. Lougaoo Mem
    December 18, 2012

    I said it before, and I’m saying it again, this man is public enemy #1. No love, no interest in country.
    How can a people/nation allow such, to blatantly make a fool and manipulate our democracy? When is it going to stop? I know it takes a revolution to bring a solution, and I firmly believe that he has brought the country to the brink to start a revolution. Every time he opens his mouth, he tends to put his big foot in….. Lougaoo Mem is getting to the point where the ground work must get started to get the people ready. Ready for the day when “We The People” shall mobilize to bring meaningful change to our nation. So Help Us God!!!

    • Justice and Truth
      December 19, 2012

      Think of this. Lougaoos do not want what is good for people. They divide and create chaos.

  70. Aye Dominique
    December 18, 2012

    I’m holding my piece on that one still. I am going to wait and see if Dominicans are going to stand aside while one man manipulate an entire system to arrive at his own personal and selfish end. This has nothing to do with Dominica’s development, absolutely nothing to do with nation building, and is just so disrespectful to the people.

  71. .
    December 18, 2012

    TONY Who owns the villas? I want to know!

  72. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012

    The members of the IPO Commission may be removed by the His Excellency the President of Dominica for their inability to discharge the functions of their office on the recommendation of a tribunal appointed by the President.

    • Anonymous
      December 19, 2012

      The same President handpicked by the very administration that is being investigated? Yes that makes me feels a whole lot better! 8-O

  73. seriously?
    December 18, 2012

    does mr tony has a say in what happens in the commission? is he higher than the commission? smh this is just ridiculous ….Dominicans need to take control of this country … and open their eyes.. seriously

  74. Cant't Find a Job
    December 18, 2012

    Tony has a point ….you cannot have people who accuse you of corruption calling your case…this entire IPO is a joke.

    Unless this is an independent body (non-politicians) this circus will continue.

    Can you imagine Lennox , Bab Dyer and Laronde discussing the case and framing it and then the PM has to go and discuss the complaint with these guys

    It’s a joke

    Think of it

  75. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012

    Tony should be calling for the entire dissolution of the IPO including the chairman but of course he isnt because the whole point of favouring the chairman, the very person who is perceived to have sided with Skerrit, is to create more drama and antics and generate more rage and distrust of the proceedings.

    Give these guys a hairpin crack and they will dynamite it wide open.

    So the pappyshow continues written and directed by Tony Astaphan.

  76. CONCERNED
    December 18, 2012

    I can not understand why persons appointed to Commissions and Committees continue to divulge confidential information to newsmongers. It was done by members of the Public Accounts Committee and it is now being done by members of the Integrity Commission. The newsmongers, without any shame, gleefully read these communications on the radio to sound intelligent, without any regard to the members of those bodies who are innocent. I agree with Mr Astaphan-this nonesence must stop.

    By the way, the Public Accounts Committe has gone into hiding until the usual persons can drum up another conspiracy. Look out.

    • Jay
      December 19, 2012

      If you have evidence of this, produce it! or, according to Tony Astasphan “prove it”!

  77. ????????????
    December 18, 2012

    Does Dominica belong to this man?Do what you want “We the Honest, True and Patriotic Dominicans” HAVE TO KNOW WHO OWNS THE VILLAS!!!!!
    Skerrit cannot remain MOO MOO for the rest of his life.
    Good Day to Mr Linton

  78. Sweet Carib
    December 18, 2012

    Woyyy but tony why u scared so? Man pull up ur girdle and go infront the commission and state ur case

  79. laon
    December 18, 2012

    The rule of law.

  80. angel
    December 18, 2012

    who really in charge?

    • ????????????
      December 18, 2012

      In charge of Dominica? Well it’s obvious.Remember he said he has the permission/right/authority to talk on behalf of the PM Morning, Noon or NIght. OH BOY!
      ONLY IN THAT POOR FAILED STATE CALLED DOMINICA.

  81. Bee
    December 18, 2012

    Wait nuh…… all the time the IPO was quiet they were good, the minute they call for an investigation suddenly they corrupt? Wasn’t the PM the one responsibe for nominating the majority of the IPO anyways?

    • Peeping Tom
      December 18, 2012

      Hmmm, Bee, you really are unaware of what is happening, huh?

      1. I do not think there is any record of the DLP administration being convinced of the need for an IPO. The IPO was always pushed on the agenda from outside the government by persons who were convinced that the Skerrit administration was into corrupt acts.
      2. No, the PM’s Cabinet only nominate 2 of the 7 members of the Commission. Now, the last time i checked, 2 out of 7 does not add up to a “majority.”

  82. Nudibranch
    December 18, 2012

    he was all in favour of it when it didn’t concern his closest friend. If there is nothing to hide then be like all the other civil servants and face the panel of your peers. Remember mr pm, you are still a public servant, and we are the public.

  83. laon
    December 18, 2012

    Good job Tony, tell them you not joking.

    • LA
      December 18, 2012

      Tony acting like somebody who has something to hide. !

    • Just me
      December 18, 2012

      He is not joking because the heat is on….how long do you really think these type of people could run…Every rope have an end, but a bend in the road should give courage to keep going…IPO will hear this case with or without them.

    • 1979
      December 18, 2012

      Smh, you would actually take a politicians foot and put it on your neck wi,smh…

      U sound like one of those who would pin down their own flesh and blood for a rapist.

      Just an analogy… You want to hold down dominica for the politicians to continue raping it wi, don’t you understand dominica and it’s wealth belongs to us???

      Pathetic person

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