Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2016. 9:56 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Senator Minister Godwin Hulse is suing former PUP Leader, Francis Fonseca, for allegedly defaming his character.
Hulse along with his attorney Yohanseh Cave and Kareem Musa, Fonseca’s attorney, met in court yesterday for a pretrial review hearing.
According to Hulse, “Well it was, I think they call it pretrial review and it is simply to set a date for trial and to talk about whatever might be necessary for the trial whether there is gonna be requiring any support equipment or whether there are any witnesses that they should be concerned about, so that’s basically it.”
While Musa refused to reveal what Fonseca allegedly said he did tell the media, “The Honorable Godwin Hulse is complaining that the Honorable Francis Fonseca uttered comments that offended him, and that you know, he want to clear his name so to speak. We personally believe in our defense it is a two pronged defense we’ve set out justification and fair comment on a matter of public interest.”
Musa added, “The Honorable Godwin Hulse is a public figure. As a matter of fact I think this may be his fourth ministry that he’s in charge of. He started out at the Ministry of Immigration and the particular comments that were made we in relation to the Kim Wong Hung fiasco, which as we now know everybody in government was responsible for that because the PM knew that Mr. Penner prior to the 2012 elections was issuing Nationality to individuals who did not qualify, and so to have has someone like Elvin Penner to be a Minister of State and then to give him the power to sign passports, to me everybody in that Cabinet, everybody in the Government should be held responsible, and so the comments made by the Hon. Francis Fonseca in 2013, you know, in my opinion, some of the words were true and the rest of the words were fair comment on a matter of public interest.”
The trial has been set for January 12, 2017
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