Jamaica PM threatens to sue JLP leader for defamation

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Media houses in Jamaica are reporting that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has given leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness until the end of today to apologise for comments that she said defamed her.

But not only is Holness dismissing her allegations, he said he too could take legal action over statements Simpson Miller made about him.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (left) and political leader of the Jamaica Labour Party, Andrew Holness, are accusing each other of making defamatory statements. (Caribbean360.com photo)
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (left) and political leader of the Jamaica Labour Party, Andrew Holness, are accusing each other of making defamatory statements. (Caribbean360.com photo)

Attorney-at-law Bert Samuels wrote to Holness on behalf of the Jamaican leader, demanding an apology for remarks he made on Nomination Day on Tuesday, which his client believes have lowered her in the estimation of right-thinking members of society.

The letter, Samuels said warns that if Holness does not issue an apology by Saturday, legal proceedings would be initiated against him. The correspondence also indicates that an apology would not absolve Holness from paying damages to the prime minister.

But the Opposition Leader says he will not be distracted, adding that it appeared that the Prime Minister was trying to turn his fair comment into a legal matter.

Holness said he would vigorously defend any claim.

He also told Television Jamaica (TVJ) that he was considering legal action against Simpson Miller for referring to him as an enemy of the state. (Excerpts taken from Caribbean360.com)

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