Former Dominican prime minister charged

Former Prime Minister of Dominica Edison James.

Former Dominican Prime Minister Edison James was on Tuesday (Oct 15) slapped with a charge of incitement arising out of an incident dating back to 2017.

James, who served as prime minister from 1995 to 2000, is accused of incitement by encouraging or persuading or instigating persons to jeopardise the safety or endanger the public peace in Roseau on February 7, 2017. The incident followed a meeting called by the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP) demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

James joins Opposition Leader Lennox Linton and economist and former opposition legislator Dr Thompson Fontaine, who have also been charged in connection with statements they allegedly made during the meeting in the capital.

Linton appeared in court Tuesday and his matter has also been adjourned to December 2. Fontaine is not on the island and did not appear in court. At least 70 witnesses are expected to give evidence in the matter.