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UWP members appear before court, Protesters gather

by: - November 22, 2018
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Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton being hugged by crowd of supporters

Opposition Leader Lennox Linton and four others appeared in court this morning in connection with disturbances in Roseau on February 07, 2017.

Lennox Linton, Thomson Fontaine, Joshua Francis, Joseph Isaac and Nicolas George were all charged with obstruction or incitement after the incident.

Nicolas George was charged with obstruction, while the Leader of the Opposition Lennox Linton was charged with obstruction and incitement.

Former Prime Minister of Dominica Edison James was also set to appear in court after being charged with incitement, but was not present at the hearing this morning.

Fontaine, who was charged with obstruction and incitement was also absent from court.

Thomson Fontaine and Edison James, Lennox Linton and Nicolas George, will be represented by Gildon Richards along with Ronald Charles and Julian Prevost.

Gina Dyer Munro led by Justin Simon will represent Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau South, Joshua Francis who was charged with obstruction. Francis however was not present at court due to an illness.

Parliamentary Representative for Roseau Central, Joseph Isaac, who was a member of the United Workers Party at the time of the incident in February 2017, was also charged with obstruction, and is represented by Attorney Zena Dyer.

The charge of obstruction reads that the men willfully obstructed the police in the execution of their duties when they refused to allow a truck from proceeding West, after a meeting of the UWP on Kennedy Avenue in the afternoon of February 7th 2017.

Linton, Francis, and George have pleaded not guilty to the charge of obstruction.

The other defendants were not present during the first court appearance on September 21st.

The charge of incitement was not read to the defendants.

Israel B Khan, is leading the case on behalf of the police, and is being assisted by Daniel Khan and Una Lachman, all of which are from Trinidad.

The case will be presided Magistrate Asquith Riviere.

Meanwhile, a heavy police presence was felt around the courts as many of the UWP supporters were present outside of the courts with loud chants of ‘Skerrit Must Go’.