The court case involving Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton, and ministers of the government will commence on February 18th, 2016.
The matter came up in court on Monday before Justice Bernie Stephenson. However, it had to be adjourned because Linton ‘s lawyer, Gildon Richards, has yet to file his submissions to the court.
Richards told the court that he should be ready to file submissions by Thursday, February 18.
Anthony Astaphan and Lennox Lawrence, who are representing the ministers, agreed to the adjournment.
A number of government ministers attended the court session. Astaphan and Lawrence apologized for the absence of Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, who is in Belize for a CARICOM Heads meeting.
Linton was sued by the ministers following remarks he made at a UWP “Youth In It Too” rally held at St. Joseph on Sunday, May, 25th 2014 in which he referred to alleged activities by government ministers as rape.
In his statement made during the 2014 rally, he said, “There can be no honor in a government that harbors 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.”
The ministers subsequently filed a defamation lawsuit and Linton was also asked to pay $1-million in compensation.