Case Against Dominica’s Prime Minister Dismissed in Basseterre Due to lack of Evidence

It appears as though the main reason advanced by the judges for the dismissal was due to the lack of sufficient evidence by the plaintiff. 

Delivering the verdict was Chief Justice, Her Lordship the Honourable Janice Pereira, who presided along with Justice Don Blackman and Justice Davidson Baptiste.

The matter has been live in the OECS courts, starting in Dominica, for over three years, following the last general elections in that country, when members of the opposition challenged the validity of the Prime Minister to stand as a candidate. They contended that Mr. Skerritt and one other minister of government were not eligible because they held dual citizenship. Skerritt was said to have Dominican and French citizenship, which is not allowed by the island’s constitution.

The petition was filed by members of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), former leader, Ron Green and Mr. Maynard Joseph, in which they challenged the man who is now the Education Minister of Dominica, Petter Saint Jean, and Mr. Skerritt.

They had appealed an earlier ruling on 22nd January, 2012, in favour of Skerritt and Saint Jean, with the judge, Gertel Thom, then also indicating that insufficient evidence was provided to support the case.

However, the court on Monday ruled again that not sufficient evidence had been provided by the opposition to prove the case. The claimants were not able to provide evidence of the French passports that were purported to be held by Mr. Skerritt.

This means that Skerritt will continue to serve as a Representative in the Dominican Parliament and also as Prime Minister.


 

 

 

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