Linton wants proof of allegations from Minister Baron

first_img Share Tweet LocalNewsPolitics Linton wants proof of allegations from Minister Baron by: Dominica Vibes News – February 22, 2017 Sharing is caring! 641 Views   8 commentscenter_img Share Opposition Leader Lennox Linton has responded to a letter from the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Francine Baron claiming that he has defamed her reputation by requesting proof of defamation.Baron issued a press release on Tuesday, February 21 2017, demanding an apology from Linton, Angelo Alleyne, Matthias Peltier Jr and Q95FM for defaming her character.She noted in the press release that Linton, Peltier and Alleyne, have damaged her reputation by alleging that she misappropriated, for her own use, a USD10, 000 cheque which she accepted while representing Dominica in Malaysia in 2014 on behalf of the Dominica Disaster Development Fund.Linton, in a live Facebook video on Wednesday 22 February 2017, stated that he never defamed Baron in anyway, and merely asked questions about the funds.“Let’s get real with this thing; we’re talking about defamation. Francine Baron believes that she can be more defamed by anything that happens in Dominica, by way of asking her questions about the public work that she has undertook to execute on behalf of Dominica. She believes that she can be defamed by questions about her work as a public servant, paid by the public purse of Dominica. She believes that can be damaged by that,” Linton stated. He added that Baron denied the public information, and she now wants to take legal action for asking questions. “You want to sue me for asking questions. I don’t remember suggesting that anything untoward happened with the money. I only wanted you to disclose what you did, which you have now done. But it took you two years and almost four months, over eight hundred days since you received the cheque, to provide an explanation of what you did subsequent to you receiving the cheque,” Linton said. “And if you consider this to be responsible public service behavior, I don’t. So we have a difference of opinion there, and you want me to apologize for that, and you want me to pay you money because we disagree on what public service conduct is all about,” he posited.Linton, who further claimed that Baron is not being defamed by his questions, but by her association with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, said he knows the laws and therefore “win or lose they will go to court”.He also noted that Baron has no proof of any defamatory statements made by him and if she wants an apology, she must have proof of the exact statements that he made which defamed her. “We have to stop being ridiculous in this country. We have to stop believing that we can shut down the truth. And you can talk all you want Francine Baron about ‘enough is enough’ but you’re challenged now, and our challenge is to come up with the statements that Lennox Linton made that you are taking issue with. You are not allowed in our court systems to talk about allegations without being able to specifically put on the record the actual words that you are Linton said. Sharelast_img

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