Opposition leader to answer charges of allegiance

Glen Bart, MyVueNews.com

Entrance to the High Court in Basseterre.

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 8th January, 2019 (MyVueNews.com) – The case involving a Dominica diplomatic passport held by Leader of the Opposition Dr. Denzil L. Douglas is due to begin this Thursday, 10th January, 2019, at the High Court in Basseterre.

The Team Unity Government claims that Opposition Leader Douglas acquired the diplomatic passport, and as such, his allegiance cannot be for St. Kitts and Nevis, that he contravened the Constitution of St. Kitts and Nevis, which does not allow members of parliament to hold dual citizenship.

The Government’s position is that Dr. Douglas’ dual citizenship now disqualifies him from sitting in the National Assembly of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Attorney General Vincent Byron will present the position that Dr. Douglas’ actions and holding of the diplomatic passport from Dominica would indicate that the Leader of the Opposition would have vacated his seat and should be prevented from taking part in further sittings of parliament.

According to a release from Government, “Lawyers for the Government are arguing that by filling out an application form for a passport of another country, being issued with said passport and using that passport to travel are positive acts that constitute acts of adherence, allegiance and obedience to a foreign power.”

Dr. Douglas will be represented by lawyers Sylvester Anthony, Angelina Sookoo and Delano Bart, QC, led by Anthony Astaphan, SC.

The Government will be represented by lawyers Talibah Byron, Michael Quamina and MacClure Taylor, led by Douglas Mendes, SC.

Top Photo: Leader of the Opposition Dr. Denzil L. Douglas