Government Ministers and UWP Leader Lennox Linton to Return to Court on Thursday
A matter between opposition leader, Lennox Linton and Government Ministers has been adjourned to Thursday 18th February, 2016.
Linton was taken to court for statements about rapist Ministers which were allegedly made at a political rally of the United workers Party in St. Joseph prior to the last general election.
A defamation lawsuit was subsequently filed by the Ministers and Linton was also asked to pay $1-million in compensation.
Government Ministers and the opposition leader were present for the hearing which was expected to start on Monday 15th, February 2016. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit was absent due to a meeting he is attending in Belize.
The lawyer representing the Government Ministers, Senior Counsel, Anthony Astaphan told the court that his team is ready to proceed with the matter.
Lawyer for Linton, Gildon Richards asked for Thursday 18th to present his submissions noting that he had not filed and was not prepared to present his applications.
That request was granted by Justice Bernie Stephenson.
Richards said he expects his application in response to the claimants to be made by Monday 22nd February, 2016.
Astaphan also got permission for one representative of the claimants to be present for the application on Thursday 18.
A ninety minute submission to address the court has been given to both parties while the claimant will be given a further twenty minutes for rebuttal if necessary.
Meantime, Linton told a UWP meeting in Layou last week that he needs to pay chattered accountant Keiron Pinard Byrne 20 thousand pounds by February 22.
Linton was ordered by the London-based Privy Council to pay the money in court costs stemming from a defamation case.