Minister Benjamin demands removal of false story and an apology


“This is an obvious malicious endeavour that is politically motivated and groundless in fact”.   That’s the robust response of Steadroy ‘Cutie’ Benjamin, Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Legal Affairs, to an online publication today.


The Minister has taken swift action in defence of himself, his public office and the image of the nation of Antigua and Barbuda.  His lawyers have advised the publishers of WIC News that the story must be removed from its website and an apology issued or immediate legal action for libel will ensue.


Among the false and defamatory allegations, the WIC News story stated that Minister Benjamin “broke a deal with a wealthy businessman by providing safe heaven (sic) in exchange for a regular inflow of cash as protection money”.  The Minister responded that “this malicious libel will be met head-on, if the publication does not remove the story and apologize.  Should the publishers wittingly or unwittingly, continue to participate in this political smearing, I will not hesitate to invoke all legal measures for remedial action”.


Minister Benjamin also stated that “Antigua and Barbuda has a legal system, not controlled by any one person.  Moreover, there can be no evidence to substantiate the allegations, because they are blatantly false”.


Stating that he has always advocated a free press and has acted as Attorney-General to preserve and protect this right, Minister Benjamin note that the “WIC story is not representative of a free press, but of political scandal mongering that demeans journalistic standards”.


“I have given the publishers of WIC News a fair opportunity not to be used as a political football and to act properly.  I sincerely hope they will do so, or necessary legal action will be taken”, the Minister said.


Benjamin added that “I am taking the matter to court in England and will be seeking substantial damages. The Extradition process is governed by the Minister and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”

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  1. The good minister has a right to speak his truth. You looking good Cutie. Speak your truth and mash their corn.

  2. Me a go sue yeeeee!! You Politric-tions are always suing to stifle the TRUTH.The truth usually hurts.None the less it is the truth.

  3. Could someone tell me.Who was the Politician sued by a lady from Switzerland.For monies from the sale of a Real Estate Property in the Jolly Harbor .I am asking for a friend from Bern,Switzerland.

  4. So let the court case begin. Cause it doesn’t seem like these people will back down from their story. As they say more is coming. They said it was an investigative journalism report.

  5. Minister Benjamin has several out standing apologies for the nation.

    1 When he released murders and rapists into the public.

    2 The condition he is imprisoning persons.

    3 For allowing the American female to not serve her due sentence.

    4 For all the poorly written legislation.

    5 The poor state of security in the country.

    6 For Cuban and middle east smuggling Ring saga that saw intervention from the US.

    7 For committing the country to deals like YIDA, PLH, etc.

    Feel free to add to the list no Mr Benjamin it is you who should start apologizing.

  6. Follow the facts. Ministers and others in powerful positions love to bully people. Get rid of all the garbage in govt.

  7. If they have evidence they could leave their article up. No evidence they took it down. The damage is already done. People you cant just say what you like about people without proof. It is wrong

  8. Ibaba: Only Gaston Browne and his bunch of merry men. Could say all things about others without any apologies. Whether it is truthful or not.

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