Hotelier Gregor Nassief has commenced legal proceedings against opposition leader Lennox Linton.
Linton made the disclosure at a UWP press conference on Wednesday.
In an open response to Linton dated September 9th 2019, Nassief explained that on September 3rd, 2019 on the Hot Seat, Linton stated in reference to matters regarding the Range/Kempinski Project, “when you examine those elements closely you [see] the outline of an elaborate scheme to cheat and steal.”
According to Nassief, Linton then inferred the possibility of local developers, including himself [Nassief] and Secret Bay, who Linton named directly, of being involved in such an elaborate scheme.
In his letter, Nassief goes on to quote Linton’s statement in detail and concludes by calling on the opposition leader to publicly apologize “for what I consider to be your insidious and baseless inferences or innuendos made against me as the developer of Secret Bay on September 3rd, during your discussion with Mr. Matthias Peltier on the Hot Seat on Q95.”
“Time is of essence on this one,” Nassief wrote, “as this will not be taken lightly because I must protect my reputation and that of Secret Bay.”
However, at Wednesday’s press conference, Linton characterized the legal action by Nassief against him, as a distraction.
“Headlining the list of distractions at this time is the commencement of legal action against me by Gregor Nassief,” he remarked. “He has publicly ridiculed the honest pursuit of my parliamentary oversight responsibilities as ludicrous.”
Linton continued, “He has publicly branded me as “dishonest” and “incompetent”, but he wants me to pay him, I presume millions of dollars, for truthful, factual statement that he is a beneficiary of the real estate component of Dominica’s CBI program under which two “developers” of a hotel project, according to a Dominica ambassador at the United Nations, made EC$163 million dollars for themselves from Dominican passport money before the hotel officially opened its doors.”
Linton made it clear that no man intimidates him.
“If you don’t know me by now, verily I say unto you, no man intimidates me; no threat scares me; no fear enslaves me,” he stressed.
He added, “ Yes, Gregor Nassief, I am a little Black Boy… a little black boy of my ancestors who fought and died so I could live as a free human being committed to a life of truth, righteousness, justice, and good manners… I am not a hewer of wood nor a drawer of water for passport money pirates… I don’t answer to them and I will damn to hell, their Skerrit-facilitated, obscene profiteering from the sale of Dominica’s passports as injurious to the well-being and progress of the people of Dominica…”
He said he will speak on matters affecting the public interest of Dominica without fear or favor, affection or ill will regardless of who likes it, who doesn’t like it or who wants to sue for it.
Linton stated further that in the weeks following his disclosure in parliament of the [alleged] missing $1.2billion, the attack on him was vile, savage and merciless.
“But I’m still standing… more resolute and more determined…,” he said.
Linton reminded the audience that as an elected Member of Parliament and leader of the parliamentary opposition, he has sworn to honor, uphold and preserve the constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica, the supreme law of Dominica.
“In this labour of love for God and Country, I am duty-bound to ensure that the public interest in the constitutional rule of law and good, transparent accountable governance of the people’s business is protected at all times,” he affirmed.
A link to the full open response from Gregor Nassief to Lennox Linton is available below.
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Electoral Office Correction Notice: Nomination Day is November 19, 2019
2 hours ago
November 19, 2019
The Electoral Office informs the public that although the Writs issued by His Excellency the President stated that Nomination Day is 19 November 2019, the notice issued by the Chief Elections Officer and published in the Official Gazette in respect of the same contained a typographical error in that the date for Nomination Day was stated as “Wednesday” the 19th day of November 2019.
Please note that nomination day is on 19 November 2019 as stated in the Writs, which is a Tuesday.
The requisite publication of the Notice without the error is being done. We ask all prospective candidates to note that ALL nomination centres will open be open on Tuesday, 19 November 2019, between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm to receive nomination papers and Statutory Declarations, in accordance with Section 15 of the House of Assembly (Elections) Act.
UPDATE: Electoral Office takes responsibility for error with date for nomination day; insists nomination day is Nov 19President misses deadline to cancel Nomination Day
4 hours ago
November 18, 2019
It seemed as though President of Dominica Charles Savarin was going to miss a 3:00 pm deadline to respond to a request from the Leader of the Opposition, Lennox Linton and a group of concerned citizens to cancel nomination day. However, the Electoral Office appears to have come to the rescue.
The request to the president is contained in a letter sent by attorney Cara Shillingford on behalf of Linton and the group in which she cites eight grounds under which the president has to consider the request for the cancellation and threatens further legal action if the President fails to accede to the request.
The attorney in her letter reminds the President of his responsibility under section 55 of the constitution that gives him authority to set the election date for as late as February 5th, 2020.
The letter also cites the non-existent date of Wednesday, November 19th and speaks to the 10-day gazetting requirement before nomination day.
The letter also points to the promises made by the Electoral commission to cleanse the voters list, and shares information about a meeting between the returning officers and the Chairman of the Electoral Commission and Commissioner Alick Lawrence without the knowledge of or invitation of the two commissioners appointed by the Leader of the Opposition.
Issues such as the promise of voter ID cards and the recommendations of international organizations such as the OAS, CARICOM and the Commonwealth were also raised in the letter.
Shillingford told Dominica News Online (DNO) shortly after 4:00 pm today, that she still had not heard from the President.
However, just prior to publication of this update, DNO received a copy of a letter sent to the president of the United Workers Party in which the office takes responsibility for what it describes as a typographical error and maintains that nomination day is on “19 November 2019 as stated in the Writs.”