Brian Linton, brother of Parliamentary Opposition Leader Lennox Linton, has been released on bail for $75,000.00 following a charge of incitement to commit treason brought against him by police.
Linton, arrested at his home in Marigot in the early hours of February 23, 2022, appeared before magistrate Michael Laudat on February 24, 2022.
According to the police prosecution, it is alleged that on October 13, 2020, Linton unlawfully instigated treason in the Commonwealth of Dominica by speaking to the public on a radio talk show namely Talk on the Block hosted on the Q95 radio station in Roseau.
The prosecution quote Linton saying, “Matt, what the other police officers have to seriously consider right now, Matt has to do a coup, Matt. And I said it without reservation. The other police officers must make a decision to stop this situation which is developing in Dominica. Because they know how the police are politicized and militarized Matt against the people of Dominica. And we know that the majority of them are not for that. So the majority of Police Officers need to get organized Matt. And remove the current leadership, the current stogy leadership of the police Matt. Force Matt remove them from the office. Take control of the Force. Bring order to the Force. So we know Matt, the reality of the Police, the nature of the Police, the gang, the Skerrit gang that we’re dealing with. So it is now the duty of the police officers who decide to stay over there Matt, to act physically, forcefully Matt to remove these gangsters from the leadership of the day. Turn up your 45. Do what you gotta do, bro, take them down boss. Because they are destroying you, they are destroying your profession, they are destroying the country and you have all the evidence you need to act on it. Get rid of these thugs and thugs my brother.
During the hearing, the Acting Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Sherma Dalyrample, did not object to bail, however, Presiding Magistrate Laudat argued that the defense must convince the court under Section 7(2) of the Bail Act of why Linton should be released on bail.
The case was briefly suspended and upon his return to court, the defendant’s attorney David Bruney called Linton to the witness box.
During questioning, Linton said he could not identify any reason why he should be denied bail for his own safety and that he did not know any of the police witnesses, dismissing fears that he interferes with them.
“Apart from serious illness or disaster, I see no reason not to attend the hearing for this case if I get bail,” he said.
Linton said that while he understands the serious public interest in the case, he has pledged not to participate in media discussions of the case and said that for months he had not participated in any radio discussion and had no intention of doing so.
Magistrate Laudat then said that the defense had satisfied the court that bail should be granted to Linton and set the amount of bail at $75,000.00.
Bail was then granted to the accused under “special condition” until March 3, 2022, his surety Fabierre Adler Hamlet having been unable to present all the documents required by the court.
As part of his bail conditions, Linton must surrender to the jurisdiction of the court on March 3, 2022 and any other date set by the court. He has also been ordered to turn over all travel documents to the magistrates court and is not allowed to leave the state without first obtaining permission from the court 72 hours in advance.
The defendant was also instructed to leave an honest and industrious life and not to interfere with any state witnesses involved in the case and prohibited from discussing the case in the media, directly or indirectly or through the intermediary of an agent or a third party.
He must report to the Marigot police station between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. every Tuesday.
Failure to comply with any of the conditions of the bond will result in the revocation of his bond.