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T&T Opposition leader to pursue legal action against PM

Published:Tuesday | May 19, 2015 | 5:27 PM

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):

Opposition leader Dr Keith Rowley plans to proceed with a lawsuit against Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar following her failure to respond to a pre-action protocol letter requesting an apology for statements made about him on her Facebook page.

Yesterday, Rowley’s attorney Faris Al-Rawi, said the litigation against the Prime Minister will be pursued.

The pre-action protocol letter also demanded that offending remarks on Facebook be "immediately removed" and gave the Prime Minister a deadline of Monday at 4 p.m. to respond and to indicate her proposal for the payment of damages.

Al-Rawi said while the Prime Minister had publicly stated that she received the letter and had passed it on to her attorneys, the Monday 4 p.m. deadline had come and gone, without even an acknowledgement from her attorneys that they had received the pre-action protocol letter.

"Therefore we will proceed to litigation," he said.

The Prime Minister had accused Rowley of "creating the fake e-mails," of "lying" and of calculatedly making "dishonest allegations" to advance his political career, following her release of a letter from Jack Russo, her California-based attorney.

Russo had stated that there was no match between the emails provided by Google and those read by Rowley into the Parliament records, with respect to exchanges between the Prime Minister and former Attorney General.

For her part, Persad Bissessar said the matter is in the hands of her attorneys.