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Hon. Godwin Hulse is suing Freetown Area Hon. Francis Fonseca for alleged defamation in relation to comments uttered during a press conference two years ago. Both parties appeared in court for a pre-trial review hearing today. In that encounter, they reported to the court that mediation has not worked therefore they are prepared to go to trial. Both sides spoke to the media following their hearing.


Screen_Shot_2016-11-08_at_8.06.28_PMHon. Godwin Hulse, Minister of Minister of Immigration, Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment and Sustainable Development


“This is the case that I have brought about against the honourable Francis Fonseca for character defamation.”

 

Reporter


“What statement did he make?”


Hon. Godwin Hulse, Minister of Minister of Immigration, Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment and Sustainable Development


“I don’t want to repeat the statement but it was in relation at the time of the Penner passport issues.”

 

Reporter


“Is there no way that you could settle this matter out of court, do you have to litigate?”


Hon. Godwin Hulse, Minister of Minister of Immigration, Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment and Sustainable Development


“Well, we have gone to mediation and we didn’t succeed so we are going to court.”


Screen_Shot_2016-11-08_at_8.06.53_PMKareem Musa, Attorney for Francis Fonseca


“I don’t want to go too much into the merits of the case because as you know it is still before the Chief Justice but on a review of the claim, the honourable Godwin Hulse is complaining that the honourable Francis Fonseca uttered comments that offended him and that he wants to clear his name so to speak, we personally believe in our defence we have set out justification and fair comment on a matter of public interest as you know the honourable Godwin Hulse is a public figure as a matter of fact I think this maybe his fourth ministry that he is in charge of, he started out at the ministry of education and the particular comments that were made were in relation to the Kim Wong Hong fiasco which as we now know everybody in government was responsible for that fiasco because the Prime Minister knew that Mr. Penner prior to the 2012 election issuing certificates to nationals who did not qualify and so to have then authorized 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 that government should be held responsible and so the comments made by the honourable Francis Fonseca in 2013 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 full trial is set to commence on January 12TH next year.

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