Appeal Court recommends retrial in defamation case of Dr. Newton versus the Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda

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News Americas: The Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal has recommended a retrial in the defamation case brought by Caribbean immigrant and US citizen, Dr. Isaac Newton, against Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda.

The ruling on Thursday comes after Dr. Newton won his defamation lawsuit against the Prime Minister last June over statements made against the international consultant in 2017.

Justices Louise Esther Blenman, Gerard Ferrara and Trevor Ward allowed the appeal but ruled that the claim be retired by a different judge in the High Court.

“An Appellate Court is not best placed to make such an assessment; that task best falls to be discharged by the trial judge who will have the opportunity to see and hear the witnesses,” the justices wrote.

The Antigua & Barbuda High Court on Tuesday, June 30th, 2020, handed down judgment in favor of Dr Newton. But PM Browne appealed and on Thursday, January 13, 2022, the justices overturned the high court’s ruling while calling for a retrial.

This new action implies that the case is now a do over instead of a dismissal.

The case stemmed from comments the prime minister made in a March 20, 2017, press release. Browne is alleged to have questioned Dr Newton’s stewardship as an ambassador under the former United Progressive Party, (UPP), administration.

Browne’s critique of Dr. Newton was in response to his critique of comments made by the prime minister in parliament in response to the US State Department’s 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) annual study.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. EDITORS AT ANTIGUA NEWS ROOM: This should have been the headline since last week.This is the third headlines on that single matter.Are you people spinners of issues to gain popularity in this medium? I am fully aware,that everything Gaston Browne says is printed as gospel.When in fact he gives you all many untruths to be printed.

    • Rat what’s your issue ? The pm won the appeal (court stated his appeal is allowed and also that newton has to pay his(Gaston) costs (2,/3 of the appeals cost and all of his lower court costs) You really see this as win for Newton? He starts over in a worst financial position due to having to pay the PM’s costs

      • Have you noticed is RAT is totally off the wall these days. Her opinions need to be based in fact, nothing else. She really can’t be taken too seriously. What a “RAT”. Imagine calling yourself a rodent. Chuups. That’s as dumb as calling oneself a “SERPENT”.

  2. Senior lawyer Astaphan went to great lengths to explain what part of the case was sent back for re-trial. Yet this news portal chose to interpret the judgement as they see fit. I mean if you need legal advice consult a legal luminary of good reputation. Not someone like Tabor.

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