PM Douglas To Give Evidence In Contempt of Court Matter

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Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
July 30, 2009 (CUOPM)

St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas will appear in St. Kitts and Nevis High Court Thursday morning in to give evidence in a constitutional matter.

Prime Minister Douglas is expected to give evidence surrounding statements he made in the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly, at a Press Conference and at a Public Meeting in regards to the laying of the Report from the Constituency Boundaries Commission.

Dr. Douglas is to give evidence in Contempt of Court proceedings against Attorney General, Dr. the Hon. Dennis Byron and Parliamentary Representative and Member of the Constituency Boundaries Commission, the Hon. Cedric Liburd.

BVI High Court Judge Her Ladyship Rita Joseph Olivetti is hearing the matter at the Lee Llewellyn Moore Judicial and Legal Complex.

Prime Minister Douglas was in Court Wednesday.

In a statement to the media on the steps of the Courthouse, Dr. Douglas accused the opposition People’s Action Movement (PAM) of mounting what he termed “a political trial” in the High Court.

He also cautioned Caribbean lawyers who are prominent members of opposition political parties that they must not allowed themselves to be used by PAM to “destabilise St. Kitts and Nevis.”

“This is a political trial brought by PAM against my Government and the people, to delay the general elections because they are not ready as neither Lindsay Grant nor the Hon Shawn Richards can provide a Certificate of Renunciation of their United States Citizenship as required by law.  They are using the Court to launch a political attack,” said Dr. Douglas to the news media as several supporters cheered loudly.

“They cannot do it themselves. It is interesting to note that their attack is not led by even a single lawyer of the Federation. They hide behind others from outside. They have brought into the country, among others, two politicians to lead the attack against the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and its people, Ms. Mia Mottley, Leader of the Opposition in Barbados and Mrs. Kamala Persad-Bissessar, Deputy Political Leader of the Opposition of Trinidad and Tobago,” said Prime Minister Douglas.

“I wish for these politicians from outside to be advised that they should not allow themselves unwittingly to be used by the PAM to destabilize the country of St. Kitts and Nevis.

He pointed out that PAM in its pursuit to use the Court to further their political agenda have served Government lawyers with Affidavits of Mr. Richard Caines, a former member of the PAM Administration and also the former Prime Minister in the PAM Administration Sir Kennedy Simmonds.

He said he has been advised that on Tuesday one of the Counsels for the PAM Legal Team told the Court that they were going to seek a subpoena to summon him to Court.

“I hope that by my presence here in Court today, they will be aware that so long as I’m advised by my lawyers to attend Court, I will have no difficulty in so doing,” Prime Minister Douglas told the media.

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