PM Skerrit sues Dr. Thomson Fontaine and Q95FM

by: - December 30, 2011
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Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit. (file photo)

Legal practitioners for the Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit yesterday filed a lawsuit against Dr. Thomson Fontaine and West Indies Communications Enterprises Limited (WICE), parent company of Q95FM Radio, seeking damages and aggravating damages for defamation contained in certain emails and statements.

It was alleged by Dr. Fontaine on CAKAFETE and the Dominican.net that a known terrorist was the holder of a Dominican passport which caused alarm on the island.

Legal Practitioners for the prime minister wrote to the Dr. Fontaine requesting that he apologize publicly and pay a sum of $250, 000.00 to him failing which a lawsuit would be filed against him.

Since no public apology was made nor any response to the letter a lawsuit has been filed at the High Court of Justice in Roseau.

The lawsuit claims that these allegations and statements relating to Dominica’s Economic Citizenship Program and alleged sale of passports received widespread publication via the internet and radio .

Dr. Thomson Fontaine. Photo credit: dominicacentral.com

According to the Statement of Claim Dr. Fontaine, the First Defendant wrote and published or caused to be published certain articles on CAKAFETE a web or blog site as well as on the Dominican.net which he is the owner and publisher of, and a frequent caller to talk shows on Q95FM especially “Mat in the Morning” and “Between You and Me”.

Prime Minister Skerrit is seeking damages and aggravated damages against the First and Second Defendants for libel published or caused to be published on CAKAFETE, for libel published and broadcast or caused to be broadcast by Q95, an injunction restraining the Defendants from further publishing or causing to be published any or similar defamatory words about him and costs and or wasted costs.

Dominica Vibes News will continue to follow this story and provide further details as soon as they become available.

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