Dominica goes to the polls on Dec. 6 but the build up to general elections has been fraught with controversy stemming from a TV expose.
Lawyer David Bruney has explained his role in the controversy which has arisen over the alleged sale of Dominican diplomatic passports in a documentary aired on international TV news network Al Jazeera.
The first 49 minutes of the 53-minute-long documentary was spent exposing alleged corrupt practices by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, leader of the Dominica Labour Party, in relation to the sale of diplomatic passports and in what the presenter described as a dramatic twist to the programme, the last few minutes focused on Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton.
Bruney was featured in the programme, along with the former Dominican prime minister, Oliver “OJ” Seraphin, allegedly trying to secure campaign funds on behalf of the United Workers Party through the sale of diplomatic passports.
Bruney seems to be supporting a statement made by Seraphin in the programme which suggested that the UWP would be prepared to appoint an ambassador based on the offer of a campaign contribution if the party won the election.
The topic of Caribbean islands giving citizenship and even diplomatic status to rich foreigners has become a sensitive issue because some buying their dual nationality have criminal records and appear to have acquired their wealth by dubious means.