Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, and seven other ministers are expected to appear in court today (Tuesday) in an alleged defamation case involving United Workers Party (UWP) leader, Lennox Linton.
All 18 ministers involved in the matter were expected in court on Monday but only 10 showed up.
Attorney representing the ministers, Lennox Lawrence, was fined $3,000 for failing to inform some of his clients of the proceedings.
Reports indicate that one of the ministers was absent with an excuse while the rest had no excuse.
The prime minister, according to the reports, was absent due to a “family emergency.”
Those present were Dr. Colin McIntyre, Reginald Austrie, Ambrose George, Alvin Bernard, Ian Douglas, Rayburn Blackmoore, Julius Timothy, Gloria Shillingford, Matthew Walter and attorney general, Levi Peter.
Those absent were Skerrit, Kelvar Darroux, Dr. Kenneth Darroux, Justina Charles, Ashton Graneau, Petter Saint Jean, Ivor Stephenson and Johnson Drigo. They are expected to appear in court on Tuesday.
The matter was heard in camera, meaning behind closed doors.
Linton was sued by the ministers following remarks he made at a rally in St. Joseph earlier this year in which he referred to alleged activities by government ministers as rape.
He stated that there is 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.
Linton was also asked to pay $1-million in compensation.