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Dominica foreign minister files defamation lawsuit
Published on March 27, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

Foreign Minister, Senator Francine Baron

ROSEAU, Dominica (CBN4) -- As a result of allegations that have continued to circulate that Dominica’s minister for foreign and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) affairs, Senator Francine Baron, misappropriated funds that she received but were designated for the Dominica Disaster and Development Fund, Baron has filed a claim for defamation against opposition leader, Lennox Linton, talk show host Angelo Allen and local radio network Q95, who reportedly alleged that she received US$10,000 in Malaysia while she was Dominica’s high commissioner in London in 2014.

Back in February, Baron wrote to the three parties demanding they apologize for defaming her character and that they each pay US$10,000.

Speaking on state-owned DBS Radio, Senior Counsel Tony Astaphan indicated that, since those demands were not met, Baron has decided to file a lawsuit.

“Well, enough is enough. This thing has been going on now for over two years and Senator Francine Baron decided enough was enough. She wrote, they did not apologize. They continued the campaign after she wrote them and she has sued,” he said.

Both Baron and Astaphan contend that the accusers have failed to provide any reliable evidence or done any research on the matter but rather embarked on a smear campaign.

“She intends to claim significant damage because the real vileness of the allegations against her was that the photograph on which the relied to launch this campaign, was the photograph of her receiving the symbolic check… It could not be cashable, non-transferable and Senator Francine Baron’s name was not even named on the check as a recipient,” Astaphan said.

According to Astaphan, the money was actually transferred and received by the recipient named on the symbolic check and Baron intends to claim significant damages as a result of the allegations against her.

Astaphan went on to say that, despite the obviousness of the slander, those involved in the matter kept on going and “the court will now have to decide whether in fact it was libelous and how much money is to be paid to her in compensation”.
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Miles Johnson:

Well Lennox and the others have to learn a lesson. It still baffles me how many times he has to get served with lawyer and court papers for him to cease with the libelous statements.


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