Former opposition senator arrested at airport in Dominica

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Dr Thomson Fontaine, a former senator with Dominica’s opposition United Workers Party (UWP), was arrested when he arrived at the country’s Melville Hall Airport on Sunday morning.

Fontaine, a former IMF economist who, for the past four years, has been employed as Economic and International Policy Adviser to the government of South Sudan, Africa, was arrested by the police who were executing a bench warrant issued for his arrest in 2018.

The warrant stems from Fontaine’s absence for two court appearances in 2018 after obstruction charges were brought against him, along with opposition leader Lennox Linton, Joshua Francis and Joseph Isaac.

The obstruction charges were subsequently adjourned sine die and another hearing against Linton and Fontaine was scheduled for January 22, 2019.

But because of Fontaine’s previous absences, the presiding magistrate granted the prosecution’s request for a bench warrant for Fontaine who was not present at the hearings.

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