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(Dominica News Online) High Court Judge Bernie Stephenson has struck out a defense by Opposition leader Lennox Linton in the alleged “rapist ministers’ case” brought by members of the 2014 Skerrit Cabinet.

Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan had asked the court “strike out the defense” of Linton saying “their case was entirely hopeless.”

“The defense/ evidence submitted by the first named defendant (Linton) made reference to and relied on a single report which does not warrant the charge of rape and or extortion or the description of rapist against all the ministers,” Astaphan told the court.

He told the court the defense filed in the matter “disclosed no reasonable defense or defenses which may have any reasonable prospects of success and in the circumstances, the defense ought to be struck out.”

The defense, he said, was premised exclusively on among other things “inadmissible evidence ( the complaint), hearsay, and an alleged complaint which is not evidence of the material and the underlying facts and does not address or prove the allegations that the Ministers raped and extorted sexual favours from young people or women in exchange for assistance from the public purse.”

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