Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has once again failed to show up in court for his criminal libel case matter brought against George Worme, Editor of the GRENADA TODAY newspaper.
The matter came up before Chief Magistrate Patricia Mark on Tuesday without Dr. Mitchell being present or Jamaican attorney-at-law, Hugh Wildman who is prosecuting the case on behalf of the State.
In announcing yet another adjournment until February 25, the Magistrate informed the court that Wildman was out of the country.
Worme addressed the court for the first time in the matter and reminded the Chief Magistrate of the consistent failure of Prime Minister Mitchell, the virtual complainant in the matter, to attend these proceedings.
He pointed out that since the passage of Hurricane Ivan in September 2004, the Grenadian leader has never once showed up in court for a criminal prosecution that he got the police to institute against him.
According to Worme, a court in the normal course of things would view this behaviour on the part of the Prime Minister as wasteing its time and would have thrown out the matter a long time ago.
The only response from the Chief Magistrate was that the newspaper editor should return to court on February 25.
After the adjournment, the editor told this newspaper that the current situation in the case reinforces his view that something is definitely wrong with the justice system in this country and there appears to be different laws for different people."I cannot help but remind myself of the predicament that the same Keith Claudius Mitchell has found himself in a particular case in the United States involving his one time ambassador, the conman Eric Resteiner and a businessman from Boston, Charles Howland.
"I am in court before the Chief Magistrate as a defendant in this matter but when his time came to attend court in the United States as a defendant, the same Mitchell used the powers of the State to ask the U.S government to grant him immunity from prosecution as a sitting Prime Minister.
"He Mitchell should be man enough to face his accusers in the United States and defend himself and honour as a man and not hide."I believe in divine justice because man is not in control but a greater being. The longest rope also has an end and the table has a way of capsizing when we least expect it. So let those with ears to hear, hear it.
During a previous hearing of the criminal libel matter, attorney-at-law, Arley Gill who was holding papers for Worme's lawyer, Anslem Clouden called on the Chief Magistrate to issue a bench warrant for Prime Minister Mitchell to attend the court matter due to his repeated failure to do so. Mark declined the invitation.
The case arose out of a letter that someone had written in the GRENADA TODAY newspaper about the manner in which Dr. Mitchell and his ruling New National Party (NNP) won the 1999 general elections.