Leader of the United Workers Party, Lennox Linton, has been served with legal papers in a matter involving utterances he made at a UWP youth rally recently.
Linton told privately-owned Q95 on Friday morning that two police officers visited his home on Thursday at around 6:30 pm to deliver the statement of claims of 18 ministers who are suing him for defamation.
According to Linton the statements were filed in the court on June 18, 2014.
He said the claims are seeking damages for slander.
The matter goes back to the UWP’s “Youth In IT Too” rally recently St Joseph during which Linton referred to alleged activities by ministers as rape and noted that there is no honor in a government that 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 said at the rally.
Among the claimants are prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, attorney general, Levi Peter and all members of cabinet.
“I am in consultation with my attorneys and we will begin the preparation of our defence very soon,” Linton said.
He described the matter as “serious” and a “national event.”
“This is a matter that allows the people of Dominica to understand who really has been serving them in governement for the past 14 years,” he stated. “Because elsewhere in the Caribbean for much less than what ministers of government in Dominica know they are guilty of, ministers of government have been fired from their jobs. All of that will come out in the court.”
He said all 18 claimants have to stand up in court “and say what they know about specific complaints that have been made against ministers of government in their conducts toward young ladies, more particularly, who has been seeking assistance from these ministers from the public purse.”
Linton said that he is not intimidated and is unafraid.
“I am ready to defend. I am ready to tell the court and the world what I know,” he said.