Litigation looms in row between St Vincent opposition leader and Prime Minister

“I want to confirm that by letter dated Wednesday February 27th, Dr Gonsalves was informed by my lawyers of my intention to pursue legal action against him, if certain conditions are not met.

“I think I mentioned them before on radio, including an apology, a sum of EC$140,001” (one EC dollar = US$0.37 cents), Eustace said on his weekly radio programme.

He said the sum is one dollar more than the EC$140,000 the court ordered Nice Radio to pay Gonsalves for defamation.

Eustace’s lawyers are also asking Gonsalves to pay EC$30,000 in cost.

“I don’t know how long this is going to take and what interest could apply. I just want to confirm that that has been sent to Mr Gonsalves and I intend fully to pursue this matter. I just want to make that very clear,” he said.

The legal action stems from comments Prime Minister Gonsalves made while informing citizens about an encounter he had with two British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) journalists on an aircraft in Barbados.

Prime Minister Gonsalves has said he will not apologise.

“He will be told that I do not think that I have defamed him, as alleged, or at all in my comments and thus, I will advise him that I cannot comply with his request for an apology and compensation, payment of cost and the like. I don’t think that the letter has legal merit,” Gonsalves said.

Nice Radio last month paid Gonsalves $206,000 for defamation from a lawsuit he brought against them 10 years ago.

Reprinted from Caribbean360




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