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Dominica opposition party leader describes ministers as 'rapists'
Published on May 28, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Caribbean News Now contributor

ROSEAU, Dominica -- Leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) in Dominica, Lennox Linton, described government ministers as “rapists”, during an address at a youth rally on Sunday, CBN4 News reported.

“Our government harbours rapist ministers and we oppose extortion of sexual services for young people seeking facilitation to their own development,” Linton said.

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United Workers Party leader Lennox Linton
He did not identify the ministers in question; however, the crowd, especially the women, made it loud and clear that they agreed with that statement by chanting, waving and shouting Linton’s name.

Linton said that there was a report at the police station filed on June 19, 2013, seeking assistance from one minister, who asked a young lady to come to his home at 12:15 and then tried to force himself on to her.

He added that those who continue to sit there and not say anything are simply giving comfort to the politics of pollution and mark themselves as providers of silence to the ministers.

Rape and other forms of sexual assault by government ministers and others in a position of power is by no means an uncommon phenomenon throughout the Caribbean. Inevitably, however, the allegations are covered up or otherwise “settled” before coming to court.

It is a matter of public record that, in Saint Lucia, Lorne Theophilus, minister of tourism, heritage and creative industries, and Claudius Francis, the president of the senate, have both been arrested and charged with rape. In each case the matter was settled “out of court”.

It is also a matter of public record that Dr Ralph Gonsalves, the prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, has twice been publicly accused of indecent assault and rape, once by a female member of his security detail and again by a Toronto human rights lawyer. In each case, a private prosecution brought on behalf of the alleged victim was taken over by the director of public prosecutions and “discontinued”.

In 2007, an unnamed American citizen tried unsuccessfully to file a complaint of rape against then premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Michael Misick with the local police. However, after testing positive for rape in Miami, she returned to the TCI where she then successfully filed charges against Misick. After a one year delay, the then attorney general Kurt De Freitas dismissed the case for “lack of evidence”.

In 2011, Guyana’s then police commissioner Henry Green (now deceased) was placed on leave following allegations that he violently raped and falsely imprisoned a 34-year old mother of two at gunpoint. Guyana’s chief justice Ian Chang later intervened and enjoined the director of public prosecutions from charging Green. The chief justice ruled that there was an insufficiency of evidence for the DPP to base her decision to prefer rape charges against Green.
 
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Comments:

Raymond:

The media houses reporting stories from desperate politicians must try to gather all the facts and not just only quote these individuals when they make these outlandish statements on their political platforms. Mr. Linton knows why he has suddenly jumped out on this topic now on an unfounded allegation which obviously was not pursued by the law authorities due to a lack of merit. What is clear however and can be verified as a matter of public record is that of Mr. Linton being accused at a former workplace of the similar offense for which he is now accusing ministers. In fact the young lady involved who was subsequently fired for her allegations thereafter won compensation from that company. So it is clear that Mr. Linton is clearly trying to 'take ahead' from the obvious heat which will be coming his way on that matter. The Cabinet of Ministers I have been informed has since taken the matter to court and demand a retraction of the statement and compensation of 1 million dollars from Mr. Linton.

It must be noted that this will not be the first time that Mr. linton will be made to 'pay for his tongue' since he has been sued in the past and has lost quite a number of these cases. Let's see how this one plays out.

ICG:

Oh really Mr. Raymond. Let us see about that and i do hope you are Dominican cause you're not going to try to cause others reading your comment to think otherwise. Good try but very lame. Try again.

ICG:

Oh really Mr. Raymond. Let us see about that and i do hope you are Dominican cause you're not going to try to cause others reading your comment to think otherwise. Good try but very lame. Try again.

ICG:

Oh really Mr. Raymond. Let us see about that and i do hope you are Dominican cause you're not going to try to cause others reading your comment to think otherwise. Good try but very lame. Try again.

James:

the statement by Mr. Raymond is 100% factual.

Ambrose:

When these alligations surface between the years of 1995 to 1999 by those in opposition then it was true, Shine Union a chinesse femnale investor who the then Government gave so much concession was accused of going to bed with various ministers of Government, now the same alligation is made this time its with young girls seeking assistance now its false/untrue, hypocrisy and double standards at its worse

James:

the statement by Mr. Raymond is 100% factual.

Peter Binose:

As a Vincentian I confirm the section regarding Gonsalves, and approve this message from Mr Linton.


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