Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has instructed his lawyers to institute legal proceedings “promptly” against Opposition Leader Lennox Linton over the publication of a letter that sought to link him with an investigation in the United States involving the former president of the UN General Assembly and former Antiguan diplomat, John Ashe.
Attorney Lennox Lawrence said Prime Minister Skerrit has described as “manifestly false” the allegation contained in the October 30th letter by Linton that the prime minister had “subjected the country’s independence to a crime syndicate and the compromising influence of international criminals”.
The matter began recently when a Chinese billionaire was arrested in New York and a federal prosecutor charged him with playing a central role in a $1.3 million bribery scheme to corrupt Mr. Ashe, and Francis Lorenzo, a diplomat from the Dominican Republic.
A report by the Dominica news Online says members of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) have been asking questions since the Prime Minister was seen in a photograph, taken before the arrests, with the men in Macau.
The Opposition leader has called on Prime Minister Skerrit to resigns within 30 days while the FBI completes its probe in the UN matter.