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Skerrit blames UWP for Al Jazeera invesigation; Linton promises legislation to prevent sale of diplomatic passports

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Skerrit addressing rally in St. Joseph

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has responded to recent reports of a documentary by an international news agency which is scheduled to be aired later today and which names Dominica as one of the countries involved in the alleged sale of diplomatic passports.

According to the reports, Al Jazeera’s investigative unit has discovered the secret sale of diplomatic passports which has it says, has helped keep some Caribbean politicians in power.

Skerrit said these are allegations made by the United Workers Party (UWP) which they have been making up for years.

“I have been informed that Al Jazeera plans to do a documentary on Dominica about the alleged sale of diplomatic passports in Dominica,” he said.

According to Skerrit, the allegations which are being made were sent to him.

“I noticed, as you will notice, when the story is broadcast, that the allegations are the very same ones that Linton, the UWP and Mas In De Cemetery have been making up and repeating for several years.”

Skerrit said it was clear to him, “as it will be to you” that either Linton, the UWP directly, or their foreign collaborators, provided this business information to Al Jazeera for political reasons.

He warns that people who libel him, “will find themselves before the courts.”

“What I am more concerned about, however, is the recklessness with which Linton and the UWP are seeking to darken Dominica’s good name,” Skerrit complained.

He continued, “Linton is desperate and this desperation means that he and his agents and supporters will do all in their power to legitimize their lies by using foreign agents and organizations and Al Jazeera is now one of them.”

The Prime Minister went on to say that it saddens him as a Dominican and as Prime Minister, “to tell you” that the UWP is trying to weave a negative narrative about Dominica in chaos.

“They are going through great lengths to spread this false narrative in an attempt to de-stabilize Dominica and to make the way for foreigners to come and take over our election process,” he remarked.

Linton speaking at UWP Roseau North rally

Meantime, Opposition Leader Lennox Linton responded to Skerrit’s statements while addressing a large gathering of UWP supporters during a rally at the foot of Federation Drive, in Goodwill on Sunday night.

“I, Lennox Linton, have also received from Al Jazeera allegations about me being involved in the sale of diplomatic passport business, but I am not afraid and I don’t have anybody to sue,” he said.

Linton indicated that Al Jazeera claimed that they have done their investigation, so they will report what their investigations are.

“I know that they have not investigated me and they cannot investigate me and find anything about me being involved in the sale of diplomatic passports,” he insisted.

He continued, “They can create a story and try to connect me with it, that’s fine; investigative people do that.”

Linton added, “What will happen though, and I hope they will be around for that, Al Jazeera will be invited to come to Dominica to report on the enactment for the first time in the Caribbean, in the history of the Caribbean, of The Prevention of the Sale of Diplomatic Immunity Act to be passed in the house of Parliament in Dominica under the watch of yours truly and the United Workers Party-Team Dominica within the first 100 days of our administration.”

The documentary will be aired on Al Jazeera at 4:00 pm today.





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Search called off for plane which crashed off Dominica coast

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Part of the undercarriage of the aircraft which was fished out of the sea by some Marigot residents

The search has been called off for the victims of a plane crash which occurred in the sea off Marigot on Sunday 16th February 2020.

Earlier reports indicated that the French-registered aircraft, which was carrying 4 persons, had taken off at about 6:43 pm from the Douglas-Charles Airport destined for Le Raizet Airport in Guadeloupe.

“Investigations continue into that missing plane; the police have recovered some debris but we have not recovered any bodies,” Police Chief Daniel Carbon said at a news conference recently. “The search has been called off.”

Meantime, carbon said no arrests have been made following a recent shooting incident which occurred in Picard, Portsmouth at 11:00 pm on February 4th 2020, resulting in the death of a Chinese national.

The deceased is Zing Jian Yong, a 49-year-old male residing at Picard, Portsmouth.

“We are investigating that matter. We have pursued every lead that we had intensively. We brought in a number of suspects and interviewed them and investigations continue,” Carbon revealed. “We have not made any arrests or charged anyone for this crime.”

The police chief condemned this incident and called on the general public to provide the police with any information or evidence to help to bring the criminal/criminals to justice.

“We have been getting some tips but we have not yet solved it,” he said. “I have a strong feeling that we might solve this crime, but again the information and evidence are out there…there must be somebody who knows what happened, who did it.”





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DNO LIVE coverage Carnival Tuesday Parade

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DNO LIVE coverage Carnival Tuesday ParadeLive coverage of the Carnival Tuesday Parade. *Refresh your browser if you are having difficulties viewing the stream* Posted by Dominica News Online on Tuesday, February 25, 2020

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IN PICTURES: Jouvert in Roseau

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IN PICTURES: Jouvert in RoseauPhotos courtesy Jaleel Grove

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