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.

3 Responses to DOMINICA: Police detain opposition legislator

  1. Ronnie Warren
    Ronnie Warren February 12, 2017 at 6:07 pm


  2. Harry February 12, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Bunch of political bandits all of Dem…..

  3. Bill February 13, 2017 at 12:38 am

    We will wait for further information. If the police can provide proof of incitement then he should be subjected to the full force of the law. Law and order must be maintained at all times. No person regardless of whom he or she may be should be allowed to create unrest in a country. Leaders should be held to an even higher standard if only because of their influence on other members of the society. If however the arrest proves to be a case of harassment then public disapproval should be strong .


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