Attorney for Former St Kitts PM Dr Denzil Douglas Sylvester Anthony says his client is not a citizen of Dominica
Attorney representing Fmr St Kitts PM Dr Denzil Douglas, Sylvester Anthony, denies that his client is a Dominican citizen, saying he has never applied for citizenship. He made that comment after a court hearing on the case in Basseterre on Monday.
The government of St Kitts had earlier filed an injunction against Douglas for allegedly holding dual-citizenship and a diplomatic passport from Dominica, which is against the laws of that country. It said he had violated the constitution of St Kitts by swearing or acknowledging allegiance to a foreign power and should be barred from serving as a parliamentarian.
But St Kitts-based WINN FM has quoted Anthony as saying “The evidence is very simple and clear. Dr Douglas does not have Dominican citizenship, he has never applied for Dominican citizenship, and was never granted Dominican citizenship. It is as simple as that, and the claimant could have obtained that information by doing what we did. If you see the papers we have filed, You will notice that we wrote to the government of Dominica, asking those specific questions, and the government of Dominica responded to those very specific questions with the answers that I have just given you. That is something that the claimant, the Attorney General, could have found out before he filed this claim, so now they’ve asked for additional time to respond, so we’ll see what their response is.”
WINN FM asked Anthony about the fact that the diplomatic passport states nationality as Dominican. In response, Anthony said “what was in question was not a regular passport. We’re not talking about a regular passport that is given to you for being a citizen. We are talking about a diplomatic passport. When we speak about this matter, we shouldn’t use passport, we are speaking about a diplomatic passport. It’s not just a passport, they use that to conjure images in people’s minds”
According to Anthony, his client does not have a Dominican passport. He said, “Dr Douglas does not have a Dominican passport, he’s not a citizen of Dominica, he’s never applied for, and has never been granted citizenship of the Commonwealth of Dominica. This fact is irrefutable”. The government of St Kitts asked for more time in the matter during Monday’s court appearance.
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