Thursday, July 29, 2010

Prime Minister sues Opposition Leader for slander

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has filed a writ in the High Court seeking damages from Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace over statements he allegedly made during a 15 day period last month.

Attorneys for the Prime Minister said that the slanderous statements were made “on each and every day between 9th and 24th February”.

In seeking “aggravated damages for slander” Gonsalves said that the statements were repeated in “paid advertisements broadcast by the (opposition) New Democratic Party (NDP) on the instructions and/or directives of the defendant amongst others”.

Further, the Prime Minister is also contending that the offending statements were made during a news conference held on February 17.

In addition, Gonsalves is also asking the courts to issue an injunction preventing Eustace “whether by himself, his servants, and or agents….from further speaking or publishing and or causing the publication of the said or similar words defamatory of the claimant”.

The Prime Minister is seeking costs and “any other further relief as the courts think fit”.