Chartered accountant, Kieron Pinard-Byne, has instructed his legal team to petition the courts in Dominica to declare Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton, bankrupt in a long running libel matter.
Pinard-Byrne stated that he instructed his attorneys on Monday to proceed with the matter since, according to him, Linton has not responded to an earlier bankruptcy notice served on him.
In a letter served at his home on August 30, Linton was told to pay £25,992.12 to Kieron Pinard-Byrne within seven days or “you will have committed an act of bankruptcy in respect of which bankruptcy proceedings may be taken against you.”
The sum was the final judgment obtained on April 27, 2017, by the Creditor in the Privy Council Appeal instituted in the court matter.
“It seems Mr. Linton wasn’t minded to do anything when the bankruptcy notice was served upon him,” Pinard-Byrne said. “So as he has failed to comply with the bankruptcy notice, I have as of Monday instructed my legal counsel to proceed to petition the court for his bankruptcy.”
He stated the law is very clear on the matter.
“The law is fairly settled on this matter, either he is bankrupt or is not bankrupt and may the chip[s] fall where they may,” he noted.
The matter centers around the Layou River Economic Citizenship Program and the Layou River Hotel project and goes back to 2002 when Pinard-Byrne sued Linton because of an article he published on a website and statements made about the same program on a radio show, on which Linton, who was a journalist then, was a guest.
In his suit, Pinard-Byrne said he was libeled by Linton.
The matter went through the local courts, to the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal and finally to the Privy Council which ruled that Linton did indeed libel Pinard-Byrne.