Jamaica’s Supreme Court has set Monday, October 6, 2014, to hear the challenge of Professor Brendan Bain, the head of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training (CHART) Network who won an injunction in June against the University of the West Indies, which had terminated his contract in May over claims that Bain’s deposition in a Belize case challenging the sister Caribbean country’s sodomy laws had caused Bain to lose “the confidence and support of a significant sector of the community which the CHART program is expected to reach.”
Bain’s injunction came just before his termination was to take effect on Sunday, June 15. That injunction was granted pending the outcome of the hearing, slated for October 6, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time in Jamaica.
In the Supreme Court hearing, Bain will be challenging the constitutionality of his termination. He also alleges that a breach of due process led to his termination from CHART, and he is asking the court to award damages in his favor.
Bain, a resident of St. Andrew, Jamaica, served as an expert witness in the constitutional challenge by Caleb Orozco and the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM) against the Government of Belize over Section 53 of Belize’s criminal code, which calls for a 10-year sentence for anyone prosecuted and found guilty of intercourse against the order of nature.