Attorneys for Pinard-Byrne to petition court to declare Linton bankrupt

 

Kieron Pinard-Byrne (left) and Lennox Linton

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.

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64 Comments

  1. mine
    September 16, 2017

    Where is Francisco on this one

  2. Man bites Dogs
    September 15, 2017

    I would not like to see Lennox Linton out of politics this guy is a comedy of errors every time he open his mouth he put his foot in it, he have been giving us a good laugh with his stupid ideas.

  3. Honesty A lonely word on island
    September 15, 2017

    These 2 ought to resolve the issue with gloves(boxing) LL might have an advantage( being younger) if Byrnes wins he gets his sterling amount by any means possible. If the opposite occurs , LL apologizes and gets a clean slate. Am sure Byrnes is being vindictive only to prove a point.
    Does the yes have it? Then we the population force them to sit and have a Kubuli as did Obama Biden prof Gates & the cop who prevented Gates to enter his own home.

  4. Let The Truth Be Known - Original
    September 14, 2017

    We will soon know the end result of this. I do not wish Linton any harm. If only he had the means of paying Pinard-Byrne, this case would end.
    If I were fortunate to win some millions of dollars (I realize it is wishful thinking :) , I would help Linton get out of this situation. He would not have to repay me except when the opportunity presents itself, to do some good for some fellow Dominicans in need.
    I am not one who likes to see people feeling unhappy. No doubt, this is the situation Linton is in.
    What is done is done and cannot be undone. What he needs is some funds to pay Pinard-Byrne.
    You supporters should have organized a fundraising for Linton. There was time enough to do so; at least a certain amount. It is obvious he does not have the money. He has children to support and other obligations to meet. Where will he get the money from?
    Wish no one harm. Simply pray that there will be a solution to this and Linton will not lose his assets.

  5. Wickedness
    September 14, 2017

    Isn’t that same Pinard Byrne who was referred to as someone who concocted lies re. the BVI case?

    Wickedness, hate have no place in our Dominican society. He and his cohorts plan is to get Lennox out of Parliament, out of the political arena. They ‘fraid.

    Remember Tony Astaphan concocted a scene blaming Lennox for leaking Skerritt’s info declared to the IPO, Police was sent to arrest Lennox? Lennox shocked them. Revealed it was Tony himself who leaked that info

    Where are the millions made from the sales of our passports? Where is the Layou River Hotel? Whose fools are Dominicans? The Dominican society has reached an all time low. Many will try, by any means possible, to bury those patriots for speaking the truth, while they embrace corruption, stealing, lying. How Long? Not Long.

    Monfared was given safe haven in Dominica, hiding from INTERPOL. The international criminal was given our diplomatic passport by we know whom. Nothing wrong?

    KARMA, KARMA not…

    • Wickedness
      September 14, 2017

      KARMA not joking. Think you could be so wicked and that wickedness will not come back to bite your…………

  6. mine
    September 14, 2017

    Many times we do things to hurt others and we end up hurting ourselves. The court proves that he defames the man he has to deal with the price. This is a lesson to all.

  7. Mr Hyde
    September 14, 2017

    I wonder all you legal brains out there, is it possible for a bankrupt to hold public office?
    Does bankruptcy mean Linton would forfeit leadership of the UWP?

  8. %
    September 14, 2017

    That too shall fall straight on its face.None of those moves shall prevail..What Dominicans need is Electoral Reform.
    SKERRIT MUST GO
    SKERRIT MUST GO
    SKERRIT MUST GO NOW

  9. KiD ON THE BLOCK
    September 14, 2017

    Lennox Must Go and Go Now!

    • CARTREATS
      September 14, 2017

      KiD ON THE BLOCK , KEEP DREAMING

    • Honesty A lonely word on island
      September 15, 2017

      Then bring back Eddie? lol They are bent on winning the next election under LL then he will install Eddie as President. That was the original plan but it back fired over the last 4 elections lol haahahahhaha
      Don’t sweat it Eddie you are already the president of ahfouahwe land. Is a cecesstion in the works in the works ahfouahwe?

  10. September 14, 2017

    stupesss…i fed up with those two…lennox just pay d man his money and finish with that

    • September 14, 2017

      Linton just pay the money and stop this nonsense you are the type of person needed in Parliament we need you to educate the people on what the administration is doing regardless of those who like you or not, allow us supporters to gather the funds after all you went that root on behalf of us the people of Dominica so we are part of that case, so don’t allow these guys to take you out of your position, listen to the people who care about you and the party it’s no time to be hard noise, don’t fall into the evil web set up by these men .

  11. Affa
    September 14, 2017

    So, what is the deal here, what does this mean?

    • Affa
      September 15, 2017

      Can someone explain? One man is owed then he declares the other bankrupt, isn’t it the one who owes the money who declares bancruptcy so that he won’t have to pay, is it the other way on D’a? Obviously I don’t get it will someone who knows please explain ? U bony have to hit thumbs up or down, just explain if one knows please. Thx

      • Malgraysa
        September 15, 2017

        Yes, Mr. Linton could declare himself bankrupt. However, under the constitution of Dominica he would automatically forfeit his position as an M.P, and all the privileges that go with it, if he were to do so.

  12. Man bites Dogs
    September 14, 2017

    @ Francisco:You have spent many of times slaging Dr.Pm Skerrit, and me as how much stupid we are and telling us how intelligent and rich you are why didn’t you give Linton a cool $34,820.98c too save his skin, That only goes to show you only have a big mouth and spineless, Dr Skerrit is a lord and not one of you so-called Workers supporters can outsmart him :mrgreen:

  13. zandoli
    September 14, 2017

    So Lennox does not have any close family members who can cobble together that kind of money? At this stage of your life, if you have not saved EC$100,000, you have not done very well for yourself.

    I guess Linton is waiting for the day when he becomes prime minister to start to amass his wealth?

    • September 14, 2017

      so zandoli, you have that kind of money saved? if so why don’t you loan it to him?

    • Look It
      September 15, 2017

      Wondering if you, your mother, your father, your grandfather, your grandmother, your aunt and your uncle have been able to save up that amount?

      • Zandoli
        September 15, 2017

        If at 60 odd years you do not have $100,000 EC, you have wasted your time. I am not 60 and I did not waste my time.

  14. Gary
    September 14, 2017

    What’s all this religious babble about a tyrant called David. Why can you not look at things in a secular manner.

    • Gary
      September 14, 2017

      Sorry, this comment was intended in response to analy thomas.

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      September 14, 2017

      Gary, I am a Christian Catholic and I fully comprehend what you stated. It is not always necessary to bring religion into everything and then again it depends on the subject matter. There are times it will occur but not all the time. I am certain, even God understands that. :)
      There is a time for seriousness. There is a time for consoling and offering words of advice and encouragement. I do think it is necessary at this time.

  15. Han
    September 14, 2017

    What is wrong with this guy Pinard?

    • September 14, 2017

      He wanter to see Lennox reduced to nothing but what goes around comes around.Today for Lennox tomorrow for Pinard. Keep ur faith Lennox.I was young and now I am old, I have never seen the righteous forsaken or his seed begging bread

    • Me
      September 14, 2017

      He wants his cake and eat it.

    • D/can to de Bone
      September 14, 2017

      you should as Linton that question instead…….he is useless as Political Leader

    • Man bites Dogs
      September 14, 2017

      Han, did you meant what is right about Lennox Linton?

    • %
      September 14, 2017

      He knows that if you are declared bankrupt,then you cannot contest elections.Is it political? Pinard you too will fail in your attempt!
      SKERRIT MUST GO
      SKERRIT MUST GO
      SKERRIT MUST GO NOW!!

  16. Washington D.C
    September 14, 2017

    If it was the other way around I would love to see that Mr. Linton get his money in full. So why can’t he pay up the man and move on learn from that. You make it rich to a point that the man forcing bankruptcy on you is that a joke man.

  17. September 14, 2017

    This shows the vulnerability of the former slaves, when dealing with descendants of the charttel holders Welcome to the real world Mr Linton, freedom is not given, it is fought for.

  18. John_Locke
    September 14, 2017

    Hazel how can u do this, where is your love for country these people sold our passports kept our money and never delivered to our country.

  19. UK Dominican
    September 14, 2017

    Very sad, No winners in this case, only losers especially the Dominicans who have seen their money disappear and nothing to show for it but a ruin overtaken by the jungle. Is mr. Byrne a happy man?

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      September 14, 2017

      The Law is the Law and this is what he is striving for. We must be realistic. If you were in Pinard-Byrne’s situation, what would you do?

      • Me
        September 15, 2017

        Turn the other cheeck Truth?

  20. P.I.
    September 14, 2017

    Those who wish to use death as a secret weapon, every living things must die. The first part of your body to rotten is the tongue. No manners, no respect for yourself and others, you must pay.

    • Me
      September 14, 2017

      How do know P.I. ? Have you been there?

    • concern citizen
      September 14, 2017

      Thank U P.I.
      But what u have just said don’t fit any body else but U and the cabal
      No wonder D/ca can’t move from where it is to where it should be, good luck mr. PI may the Creator who said in his word The Eyes of the LORD are in every place beholding the EVIL and the GOOD Proverbs chapter 15: 3 take care of the CABAL

      • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
        September 14, 2017

        The problem with some of you, you are judging someone.
        It is the same that Our Lord warned us about: “Judge not that you may not be judged”, accordingly and two-fold.
        Be careful of judging. It could fall back on you and in a worst manner.
        There are times people as you talk because you heard; not that you saw/ witnessed. Then you speculate. This is where judging someone is false and wrong. People as you who judge others will condemn yourselves.

    • Gary
      September 15, 2017

      Why are you making politics distroy your empathy.

  21. Real possi
    September 14, 2017

    Am guessing they ran out of coins to pay ? Burns. Lol. This was preplanned

  22. Mighty Pretender
    September 14, 2017

    All I would want to say to Skerrit and his gang is, they better think twice before they proceed because the moment they do ANYTHING to prevent Honorable Lennox Linton from contesting elections in Dominica, they would be asking for something more destructive than Irma to take place in Dominica

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      September 14, 2017

      No one can predict that. No one is God. If they go by the Law, they have nothing to worry about.
      You must think of the situation. Pinard-Byrne is requesting money which is due to him. He expects it. That is the Law.
      Dues must be paid. Bills must be paid. That is the Law. It is not wrong nor is anything wrong with it.

  23. Country Man
    September 14, 2017

    Man and his ego. We are on this earth for such a short time yet we force and fight with each other all the way. I think we need to remind ourselves each day that irrespective of who we are today and what position we hold we are all going back to the dirt – ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Spending money to see someone else suffer does not change our fate. The downside of unbridled capitalism.

  24. NKRUMAH KWAME
    September 14, 2017

    Mr. Byrne, with all your rantings and ravings, your desire to see Mr. Linton away from the political scene will fail miserably. Take my word for it. HOTEP!

    • September 14, 2017

      Mr. Linton just have to pay, that is the only way this matter will be resolved.

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      September 14, 2017

      Some of you do not comprehend the situation. Think! Stop putting words where they do not exist.

    • Dominican
      September 15, 2017

      Let us wildly assume that should Mr. Lennox becomes the PM today/tomorrow. Do you think this matter will go away and that he will be absolved from his obligation to make restitution for a loose, unchecked tongue? Do you really think that there is any court, legally operating in our jurisdiction that can absolve the gentleman from paying what he has to pay simply because he says he was addressing an issue of great concern to Dominica? By his own admission in court, under cross examination, he admitted that he had not done any due diligence on his assumptions. Not even to interview Pinard Byrne as any good investigative journalist would do. In fact he admitted that he has no skills “in the strict sense of the word to undertake investigative journalism. That is his own admission. He was found guilty of libel. So whether Roosevelt Skerrit, or he, himself is PM, its a debt he owes and KPB can pass it on as inheritance to his great grand children. That debt is now his property. Think again.

  25. KiD ON THE BLOCK
    September 14, 2017

    Let the chips fall where they may.

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      September 14, 2017

      His attorney probably has advised him what to do. Let us wish Linton well. This could have happened to anyone. I mean, paying back the money owed.

  26. SN
    September 14, 2017

    If DA BK courts function like U.S. BK courts, then BK should favor Linton and Pinard will get little or no money. I never understood why Linton paid any money to this guy in the first place. He should filed for BK in the first place and wipe away the judgment.

    • Primrosette
      September 14, 2017

      I suspect you are under a rock and have no idea about this case, take your seat please

    • me
      September 14, 2017

      bankruptcy laws in the US might work so but not in Dca

    • Dominican
      September 14, 2017

      I don’t think this the real issue here. The money amounts to the equivalent of just over E.C.$94,000, barely enough to buy a decent car. As a bankrupt mr. Linton would have to give up his seat in the House of Parliament, forego his salary and surrender his diplomatic passport. I don’t know if he will let it come to this but if he does there will have to be an by-election for the Marigot constituency and my suspicion is that even if another UWP should win, Roosevelt Skerrit would prefer that to Lennox Linton staying in the House.
      Interesting times.

    • zandoli
      September 14, 2017

      Where have you seen any court in the Caribbean follow US legal precedent? When he declared bankrupt, they will take possession of his property, sell it, take what is the court has deemed belong to them and give him the balance of what is left over.

    • Man bites Dogs
      September 14, 2017

      @:SN, Why are you not speaking English language so that most of us can understand the crap you talking about !

    • Dear Skerrit et Al
      September 14, 2017

      That applies2 th USA not DA ok dottish SN is that Saturday night. is it live

    • September 14, 2017

      Bankruptcy in the U S is different from bankruptcy in DA. this one word has two different meaning in the countries

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      September 14, 2017

      Let us say, Linton tried to honor the Court’s decision. He was not wrong.

  27. analy thomas
    September 14, 2017

    May the God whom i serve have mercy on the people of Dominica. This is exactly why David asked God to be in his hands rather than man, because Judgement belongs to God.
    2 Samuel 24:12 through
    11For when David was up in the morning, the word of the LORD came unto the prophet Gad, David’s seer, saying, 12Go and say unto David, Thus saith the LORD, I offer thee three things; choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee. 13So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy land? or wilt thou flee three months before thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that there be three days’ pestilence in thy land? now advise, and see what answer I shall return to him that sent me. 14And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the LORD; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall into the hand of man.

    • analy thomas
      September 14, 2017

      continuation: Imagine if everyone did exactly as God had commanded! But the heart of humanity is desperately wicked. All parties are at fault in this case and only the humility of God could solve this problem.
      Rev 22:10-12
      And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. 11He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
      12And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last
      All Glory and honor and praise to Him.

      • Gary
        September 14, 2017

        What’s all this religious babble about a tyrant called David. Why can you not look at things in a secular manner

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