Leader of the United Workers party has been given 48 hours to apologize to government ministers and pay $1-million for statements made at a youth rally on Sunday or face court action.
Senior counsel, Tony Astaphan, told state-owned DBS Radio that the decision was made on Tuesday by prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, and members of cabinet.
“The prime minister and the cabinet of ministers decided that letters must be issued to Mr. Lennox Linton giving him 48 hours to retract and apologize and to pay EC$1-million in compensation to the individual ministers of the cabinet and if he does not respond in 48 hours, legal action is going to be instituted against him forthwith,” he said.
But Linton is defiant and unfazed by Astaphan’s threat saying he stood by his pronouncements.
“Tony Astaphan can ask for what he wants,” he told DBS. “The statement I made is the statement I made and I will stand by it and go to court and testify.”
Speaking at the UWP “Youth In IT Too” rally at St Joseph on Sunday, Linton 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 said.
Astaphan said Linton’s statement are “intolerable, scandalous and totally unacceptable.”
“The time has come to put an end to this dangerously dishonest and gutter-type politics that have infected our country with the introduction of the UWP, and in particular now it has gone to its lowest level with Lennox Linton and it is totally unacceptable to the prime minister and the other ministers of the cabinet and as result of this the letter will go out it will be served personally wherever he is, and if he fails to respond he will be sued,” he said.
Linton pointed out that there are many people who are also willing to go to court and testify on the matter.
“So let Mr. Astaphan sue, he is a lawyer, he is lawyer for the government…” Linton said. “He has a way of dealing with the business of clients in one way and later on in life when it is convenient to him, he comes with another story to suit his purpose. That is fine, tell Mr. Astaphan, bring it on.”