DOMINICA: Police detain opposition legislator
An opposition legislator, Dr Thomson Fontaine, has been detained by police with opposition leader Lennox Linton accusing lawmen of “persecuting honest patriots”.
Attorney Ronald Charles, speaking on a local radio station, said police had indicated that Fontaine, an economist, was being held on a “suspicion of incitement”. Charles also said he expected that a charge would soon be laid against the opposition legislator.
In a post on his Facebook page, Linton wrote: “Fontaine has been taken into police custody by an SSU Team under instructions from the Skerrit dictatorship to imprison him for speaking the truth and standing up for the good of Dominica.
“Now Dominica must ask the police authorities why are they persecuting honest patriots,” he added.
Media reports said that Fontaine, who unsuccessfully contested the last general election on behalf of the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP), and was appointed an opposition senator, was taken into lawful custody moments after he left his radio show.
Police are yet to issue a statement on the situation. However, the move followed a search of Fontaine’s home on Saturday.