Court Rules PM Defamed Dr Isaac Newton

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Dr. Isaac Newton has won a defamation case against Prime Minister Gaston Browne over statements he made in 2017.

High Court on Tuesday morning handed down the judgment in favour of Dr Newton and the matter  of cost will be determined at a later date. Details of the judgment are still coming to hand.

This case reportedly stems 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 Newton, an Antigua and Barbuda-born international management consultant, was in response to him (Newton) being critical of comments Browne made in parliament in response to the US State Department’s 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) annual study.

The report had outlined that Antigua and Barbuda had too many allegations of corruption, and that those implicated had not faced justice. The Oderbrecht/Meinl Bank eight million dollars bribery scandal, in which it is alleged that two high profile government officials were involved and the purported laxness of the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP), were also touched upon in the report.

By way of letter dated April 3, 2017, lawyers for Newton notified the prime minister that his comments in the press release had defamed their client.

The lawyers claim that Browne’s comments were intent on tainting their client’s reputation and causing him ridicule.

Browne was given until April 10 to retract his statements and make an apology through a published letter of which the terms were to be approved by Dr Newton.

The prime minister did not apologise.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Good. More people needs to cause him to take a dose of hush. Keep this up and the 30 milllion pieces of silver might soon be gone.

    • I don’t think that he is in bed with the UPP anymore. His ultimate goal was to put an end to Bird-ism, so he has no dog in the fight.

      Errol Cort would have been a far better leader than Lovell.

  2. Only hope that the judgement is against the individual ONLY and not monies coming out of the people’s purse.

  3. Ok lets take it to the next court. The Court of Appeal. And thereafter if we still loose to the Privy Council. So it will take a while before this is settled.

  4. You cannot destroyed anyone’s character arbitrarily without consequences.That is why we have the Courts.I do hope he has to pay from his own pockets.That my taxpaying dollars do not bail his egotistical arse out of this .

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