Bain says UNAIDS executive warned him about Belizean case
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
Professor Brendan Bain this morning testified that he was approached by a senior member of a major international organisation who warned him that there were likely implications for tendering an expert report in a Belizean Court.
Under cross examination from Hugh Small, Professor Bain said the remarks were made by Dr Earnest Massiah, Director of UNAIDS for the Caribbean.
Professor Bain further said Massiah expressed the concern to him while they were at a conference in The Bahamas.
Yesterday, Professor Bain testified that former Executive Director of the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition, Ian McKnight, Dr John Walters and noted Epidemiologist and HIV/AIDS researcher, Dr Peter Figueroa, approached him to raise concerns about the likely outcome of his evidence to the Belizean Court.
Professor Bain was asked by church groups in Belize to give a report in the case of a man who was challenging the country’s buggary law.
Meanwhile, Professor Bain testified that there is a thrust by international interests to have countries enact legislation to secure the rights of vulnerable groups.
He said he was aware that the United Nations was encouraging its members to strengthen appropriate legislation to guarantee the full enjoyment of people living with AIDS and people in vulnerable communities.
Professor Bain is suing the University of the West Indies for breach of contract, breach of constitutional rights and defamation over the university's decision to terminate his contract as director of CHART.
The UWI fired the noted health professional last May after alleging that his constituents had lost confidence in him.
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