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Posted by: | Posted on: September 26, 2020

Defense presents evidence in dual citizenship trial

first_img Share LocalNews Defense presents evidence in dual citizenship trial by: – September 14, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share 22 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan outside the CourtThe defense team representing Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Minister of Education Honourable Petter St. Jean in the dual citizenship trial has begun presenting their evidence before Justice Gertel Thom.The Petitioners are alleging that both Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit and Honourable Petter St. Jean were holders of French citizenship at the time of their nomination as candidates for election in December of 2009 and were therefore not duly elected.Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan called Phillip Guiste who is a taxi driver, farmer and community activist of Boetica as his first witness, tendered his witness statement as evidence in chief and turned him over for cross examination.Senior Counsel Mendes asked the witness whether he knew Joan Hillaire Guiste and Lawrence Degallerie; both of whom were later called on the witness stand for the Defense, and he affirmed that he knew them.Mr Guiste testified that he was awarded a contract with the government between 2000/2001 to clean the drains in the village and is also a mail carrier who is responsible for transporting mails from Grand Fond to Boetica three times per week at a rate of $150.00 per day.The witness further told the Court that he both knew and interacted with and Mr Green as they were members of the South East Tourism Development Committee of Laplaine; Mr Green as the immediate past president and himself as the signatory on the account. The second witness who testified is the newly elected Chairperson of the Delices Village Council, Mrs. Joan Hillaire-Guiste. Her evidence was that she is a supporter of the Dominica Labour Party, a friend of Mr St. Jean since 2000 and spoke on his platform during the 2009 general election campaign.The third witness for the defense, Mr Lawrence Degallerie the pastor of the La Plaine Pentecostal Church (Faith, Holiness & Deliverance Tabernacle) which Mr St. Jean is member a of.It was Mr Degallerie’s evidence that he has known Mr St. Jean for at least twenty years and that they are very close friends. He further informed the Court that he knew of Mr. St. Jean’s French citizenship because he knew his mother who is his friend and associate.Mr Degallerie further testified that he never asked Mr St. Jean whether he had French citizenship and was not aware that he had written to the French Ambassador asking to renounce his citizenship.The fifth witness Mr Theodore Remy; a bus driver of Thibaud who is employed with the Ross University School of Medicine, testified that he was also aware that the Prime Minister held French citizenship and heard rumors to that effect but did not take it seriously because he knew that he had obtained it through his parents.He also heard on the streets that Mr James raised questions about Mr. Skerrit’s citizenship but he agreed with the Prime Minister’s radio statement that Mr James was ‘talking nonsense and foolishness and was not to be taken seriously.’Mr Remy was also unaware that Mr Skerrit had written to the French Ambasador requesting that his citizenship be renounced before December 1st, 2009, but had also heard the press release issued by the Electoral Commission twice on two radio stations on the 17th of December, 2009.The last witness Cris Walter; a Civil Works Director who is the Managing Director of his own company, former Building Officer with the Ministry of Housing and campaign manager for the Prime Minister during the last general election in 2009, testified that he heard a rumor on the 30th of December, 2009 that ‘they were coming to Vieille Case to block Skerrit from being nominated.’He further testified that he immediately reported the rumor to the Prime Minister and that he informed him that he had taken care of it already. He also told the Court that on the 17th of December, 2009 the Prime Minister gave him 3000 copies of a letter which he signed to distribute within the Constituency and that he was very surprised after reading it and asked him, ‘what is that about?’ Mr Walter further told the Court that he was not concerned about Mr Skerrit’s nomination after hearing comments from the United Workers Party because when he brought it to Mr Skerrit’s attention he told him that he had taken care of it.Only one witness requested permission from the Court to make alterations to his witness statement and there was major discrepancy between the evidence of Mr Phillip Guiste and Davis Thomas.Two witnesses for the Petitioners; Frederick Sylvain and Desmond Thomas, testified at the beginning of this morning’s session.However, Senior Counsel Mendes informed the Court that there is every indication that Mr Felix Prosper will be on island by Friday morning and will be available to testify by 11:30am on the said day.Court has been adjourned until 9:30 tomorrow morning.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 9, 2020

Twitter Premier League    Launches Full League Format

first_imgTwitter Premier League (TPL) 7th edition is here again and promises to be more fun for it will be launching a full league format meaning there will be more football matches and more fun for all sport lovers who attend.TPL is a social media driven football tournament that started May of 2014 and aimed at bringing back fun in sporting activities and assist in re-igniting the interest of youths in sports using football as a platform especially in indigenous sports. TPL currently has six male teams and two female teams who slug it out at Campos Mini stadium, Lagos Island. The 7th edition is themed ”The Revolution”.Stating the reason for the format change, TPL’s CEO, Seun Adebule said that “The full league format was chosen to create a platform for proper display of talent, instead of knockout matches straight away for teams that have been training so long for TPL. The TPL community wants to spread the fun throughout the year.”Also speaking on the teams and future plans for the TPL, Adebule said ” we have six male teams for now ( Pacers, Raptors, Alphas, Teknon, Raineri and Guns) and two female teams (Tsarinas and Panthers).  We plan on having more teams signed up before the next season. We’ve also begun work on a Nationwide TPL  regional league with centers in Lagos, Kaduna, Port Harcourt and Enugu, and a super 4 tourney held at the end of the year to pick the team of the year”.The Enugu version TPL042 was held earlier this month with four teams (Oringo fc, Fc Bisalla, Otigba fc and Conné Fc) representing the main areas of Enugu come out for a day of fun, football and food.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more