26TH February, 2018
Basseterre, ST. KITTS (KYSS FM) – The St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party is claiming the outcome of this morning’s court proceedings as a win in their favour.
In a release from the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, the organisation said this was a round one win of the passport fiasco brought against Opposition Leader, Rt Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas by the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis.
The released said that, “The government side, visibly in total disarray, moved the court to suspend the hearing as papers filed last week by Dr. Douglas revealed that the government had not even the slightest chance of victory in their concocted case that is only intended to whip up political support for a government wilting under the strain of widely popular disenchantment.”
The Dr. Timothy Harris-led government case against Dr. Douglas is based on their position that he holds dual citizenship; St. Kitts and Nevis and the Commonwealth of Dominica.
Dr. Douglas, on several occasions has denied that this is the case, although he has admitted to holding a diplomatic passport issued by Dominica.
Dominica does not require that diplomatic passport holders become citizens or swear allegiance.
The Labour Party went on to chastise the government for their improper use of government funds and the time that is being wasted on the matter, noting that, “It is telling how much of our taxpayers’ money the Timothy Harris-led government is prepared to sacrifice on the altar of pure partisan politics. Prime Minister Harris and his Attorney General are simply finding creative mechanisms to put the taxpayers’ money into the pockets of their friends and supporters. At the end of this case, if it ever ends, millions of your tax dollars will have ended up in the bank account of the Byrons who have sought to use the Office of the Attorney General merely as an extension of their private law firm.”
Attorney General, Hon. Vincent Byron announced in the National Assembly in January that the government had filed a claim against Dr. Douglas in the High Court on Monday 22nd January, 2018.
The government’s purpose in bringing this claim is twofold; it first seeks have the court grant an injunction prohibiting Dr. Douglas from taking his seat in the National Assembly and also determine whether he would have voluntarily vacated his seat by acquiring another passport.
Under the Constitution of St. Christopher and Nevis, a person who has, of their own volition, acquired the citizenship of another country or who has sworn allegiance to another country, is ineligible to serve as an elected member of the National Assembly.