A defamation lawsuit filed against Opposition Leader Lennox Linton, brought by 18 DLP Cabinet Ministers, which was supposed to have commenced today, has been adjourned to Thursday February 18, 2016.
The government ministers claimed they were defamed by Linton, alleging he made statements at a UWP rally at St. Joseph in May 2014, accusing ministers of extorting sexual services from young people seeking assistance.
He reportedly stated "There can be no honour in a government that harbours rapist ministers and upholds extortion of sexual services from young people seeking the facilitation of ministers to get personal development assistance from the public purse".
Attorney representing Mr. Linton, Gildon Richards, informed the court that he was unprepared to go ahead with the trial as he had not filed his submissions. The lawyers representing the claimants, Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan and Lennox Lawrence both agreed to the adjournment, which was granted by Justice Bernie Stephenson.
The claimants are seeking damages in the amount of EC$1 million for slander in this trial, which is expected to last two weeks.
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