Senior Counsel, Tony Astaphan, has said ‘preemptive strike actions’ will be taken very soon against Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton, and Thomson Fontaine in court matters they have involving Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.
He said the action is being taken in light of a recent London-based Privy Council ruling against Linton in a defamation matter involving chartered accountant, Keiron Pinard-Byrne.
“There is a second fall out of this judgement,” Astaphan said on state-owned DBS Radio earlier this week. “The present case the Prime Minister has against Linton for the rapist ministers and Thomson Fontaine on this passport business.”
Astaphan said he and his legal team are now taking another look at both cases.
“We are taking a fresh look at these cases and we will be mounting a clearly defined, focused, preemptive strike actions against these cases in the very short future because that irresponsible behavior must have a price,” he remarked.
The so-called ‘rapist ministers’ matter has its roots in a speech given by Linton at a United Workers Party (UWP) “Youth In IT Too” rally at St Joseph in May last year during which he referred to alleged activities by ministers as rape and noted that there is no honor in a government who harbors them.
“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,” he had said.
Astaphan was quick to condemn the statements describing them as “intolerable, scandalous and totally unacceptable.”
Linton was asked to apologize but he said he was standing by his statements.
He was subsequently served with legal papers on the matter and the claimants include Skerrit, attorney general, Levi Peter and all members of cabinet.
The Fontaine matter goes back a couple years now in which the Prime Minister’s team took legal action against Fontaine, alleging that he is the source of claims that Skerrit was involved in the sale of a Dominican passport to Darwood Ibrahim, a notorious Indian national.