Douglas’ citizenship Court hearing delayed

Glen Bart,

Supporters flank Labour Party leader after Court session.

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 26th February, 2018 ( – Lawyers representing the Attorney General/Government of St. Kitts and Nevis have been granted additional time by Justice Trevor Ward to file their response to the responding affidavits presented by the lawyers representing defendant Opposition Leader Dr. Denzil Douglas.

Procedures in the case began Monday, 26th February, at the Lee L. Moore Judicial Complex on East Independence Square.

But the hearing was short, as the Government lawyers also requested permission to bring in an ‘expert witness’. Now, Dr. Douglas’ lawyers also plan to bring in an expert witness.

It is not certain, how long it will be before the substantive hearing will begin, as legal manoeuvring could result in significant delays.

Nevertheless, The Court has set the 20th April for the hearing of the applications.

Meanwhile, lawyers of the defendant have also indicated intentions to file additional affidavits based on what is revealed in the Government’s responding Affidavits.

In the Court hearing today, the Attorney General (Claimant) was represented by Lawyer Akila Byron, while the defendant was represented by Lawyer Sylvester Anthony.

According to Lawyer Anthony, the defendant’s stance is clear.

He said the affidavit states, “Dr. Douglas does not have Dominican citizenship. He has never applied for Dominican citizenship and was never granted Dominican citizenship. It is as simple as that.”

Anthony said that information could have been easily accessed by the Attorney General before he filed his claim in Court.

The Attorney General has indicated, however, that the claim was filed on the belief that Dr. Douglas has sworn allegiance to the Commonwealth of Dominica, and as such, disqualifies himself from holding his Constituency #6 seat in the National Assembly of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Dr. Douglas had described the actions of the Attorney General as, “Wasting tax-payers money”.


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