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Attorney gives Holness more time to say sorry to Simpson Miller

Published:Tuesday | February 16, 2016 | 2:56 AM
Samuels: Although the deadline has passed, we are quite aware of the fact that persons involved on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition are well engrossed in election activities.

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

Attorney-at-law Bert Samuels says the Opposition Leader Andrew Holness is yet to formally respond to a letter he wrote on behalf of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller accusing him defaming her.

However, Samuels says Simpson Miller's legal team is giving Holness more time to answer.

"Although the deadline has passed, we are quite aware of the fact that persons involved on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition are well engrossed in election activities and so we are prepared to wait a few more days to go back to the drawing board to see the way forward," he said.

Last week Wednesday Samuels who is representing the Prime Minister wrote to Holness demanding that he apologises for comments he made about her on Nomination Day, February 9.

Holness was given three days to respond to the letter.

The letter stated that comments Holness made during an interview with members of the media were tended to injure, degrade and discredit the Prime Minister's character .

It is also being contended that the words were tended to exposed  her to hatred, contempt and ridicule.

The Prime Minister is seeking a  public apology from Holness but her lawyers say this does not mean she will not also pursue monetary compensation  and legal costs.