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Supreme Court to begin hearing Bain-UWI lawsuit

Published:Monday | January 12, 2015 | 8:52 AM
Brendan Bain - File

The Supreme Court will this morning begin hearing arguments in the lawsuit brought by Professor Brendan Bain against the University of the West Indies (UWI) over his dismissal from an HIV programme last year.

Professor Bain is suing for breach of contract, breach of constitutional rights and defamation over the university's decision to terminate his contract as director of Caribbean HIV/AIDS Training Network (CHART).

The UWI fired the noted health professional last May, after alleging that his constituents had lost confidence in him.

The move followed the decision of the professor to provide a 2012 expert report, which appeared to support the retention of anti-sodomy laws, which were being challenged in Belize by a gay man.

CHART, which ceased to operate last year after the US pulled funding, was mandated to reach out to marginalised groups including homosexuals.

More than 30 civil and human rights groups from across the Caribbean had written to the UWI claiming that they lost confidence in Professor Bain's leadership.

Church groups protested outside the UWI's headquarters on Mona Road in St Andrew for weeks after Bain's dismissal.

They had also claimed that the UWI bowed to pressure from gay rights groups, but the university rejected the claim.

Justices Lennox Campbell, Paulette Williams and Frank Williams will preside over the hearing which has been scheduled for five days.

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