Anticipation for Court ruling in dual citizenship trial heightened

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 9 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharecenter_img LocalNews Anticipation for Court ruling in dual citizenship trial heightened by: – January 10, 2012 Share (L – R) Hon. Ronald Green and Mr. Maynard JosephHigh Court Judge Justice Gertel Thom will on Tuesday afternoon deliver judgment regarding two election petition cases filed by Ronald Green and Maynard Joseph of the United Workers PartyThe Opposition United Workers Party filed an election petition challenging the validity of the nomination of the prime minister and minister of education claiming that they were under oath of allegiance to a foreign State and as such they were disqualified from contesting the 2009 general election.At the end of closing arguments from both legal teams on October 3rd, 2011 Justice Gertel Thom reserved her ruling and promised that it would have been given before the end of the year but was later changed to December 10, 2012.Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan who is the lead attorney for the Defendants stated at a press conference last week that his team is fully prepared for the verdict.Prime Minister Skerrit and Hon. Petter Saint Jean“We are prepared to deal with any outcome. We have been preparing if the inevitable is that we don’t win a notice of appeal and an application for a stay of execution. Only a fool would go in there thinking he is going to win a fight without taking precautions that he might lose. We are not taking the Court for granted; we are not taking anything for granted, we are saying nothing except what the issues were that there was no evidence that the prime minister had, applied for or used a French passport at all in the case that gives us confidence that we are going to win but we are taking precautions in the event that we don’t” he said.Meantime the legal team for the United Workers Party said they were equally confident about today’s decision. However when the media contacted the team this week, they said statements are reserved until the judgment has been handed down.Supporters of both the government and the opposition have been planning to attend Court when the verdict will be read. However, the Police Chief, Prime Minister and members of the Inter-denominational Committee against Crime and Violence have called on the nation to remain peaceful and refrain from all forms of violence.Police Chief Cyril Carette has advised citizens to stay away from the Court and listen to their radios for the decision in light of cruise ships which are in port today causing blockage on the Dame Mary Eugenia Charles Boulevard.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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