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St Kitts-Nevis PM sues predecessor for defamation

By Caribbean News Now contributor

(L-R) Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris and former prime minister Dr Denzil Douglas

(L-R) Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris and former prime minister Dr Denzil Douglas

BASSETERRE, St Kitts — Prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris, said on Saturday that he had commenced legal action against his predecessor, former prime minister Dr Denzil Douglas, in relation to what he described as “false, malicious and libelous” statements.

According to Harris, on Friday, at about 3:30 pm, Douglas, leader of the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, which was defeated in general elections last year, made a defamatory public statement on Freedom FM 106.5 radio.

“Freedom FM 106.5 published said false, malicious and libelous statement on its Facebook page,” Harris added in a press release.

As soon as the offending publications were brought to his attention, Harris immediately engaged Thomas Astaphan QC in the matter and, after Queen’s Counsel communicated with Freedom FM 106.5 on Friday evening, the offending posts were removed from its Facebook page.

The prime minister’s attorney has commenced legal action against both Freedom FM 106.5 and Douglas for the publication of the allegedly defamatory statements.

“Justice will now take its course,” Harris said.

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By Caribbean News Now contributor

(L-R) Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris and former prime minister Dr Denzil Douglas

(L-R) Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris and former prime minister Dr Denzil Douglas

BASSETERRE, St Kitts — Prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris, said on Saturday that he had commenced legal action against his predecessor, former prime minister Dr Denzil Douglas, in relation to what he described as “false, malicious and libelous” statements.

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According to Harris, on Friday, at about 3:30 pm, Douglas, leader of the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, which was defeated in general elections last year, made a defamatory public statement on Freedom FM 106.5 radio.

“Freedom FM 106.5 published said false, malicious and libelous statement on its Facebook page,” Harris added in a press release.

As soon as the offending publications were brought to his attention, Harris immediately engaged Thomas Astaphan QC in the matter and, after Queen’s Counsel communicated with Freedom FM 106.5 on Friday evening, the offending posts were removed from its Facebook page.

The prime minister’s attorney has commenced legal action against both Freedom FM 106.5 and Douglas for the publication of the allegedly defamatory statements.

“Justice will now take its course,” Harris said.