CHART ended prematurely, professor Bain testifies
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
The Supreme Court was presented with evidence this morning which suggests that the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Training Network (CHART), which was led by Professor Brendan Bain, ended prematurely.
The court this morning agreed to allow Professor Bain to enter into evidence CHART’s budget.
He told the court that the project was to run from 2012-2015.
Professor Bain further testified that he was responsible for preparing the project’s budget and that he would submit the document to the relevant authorities for approval.
Professor Bain has taken the University of the West Indies Mona to court for breach of contract, breach of constitutional rights and defamation.
The university terminated his contract last May citing, among other things, that his constituents had lost confidence in him.
A few months later the project was shut down.
It was reported that the donor agency would no longer fund the project.
Earlier, one of the attorneys for the UWI, Hugh Small, had objected to the budget being put into evidence.
Small argued that it had nothing to do with the matter before the court.
He pointed out that the donor agency was not a party to the proceedings.
He said what is before the court is the early termination of a two-year contract.
However, in responding, Georgia Gibson Henlin, who is representing Bain, argued that if the court rules in Bain’s favour then there will be an assessment of damages.
She argued that it was therefore important to admit the document into evidence.
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