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Juliet Holness gives Peter Phillips six hours to apologise for house comments

Published:Friday | February 19, 2016 | 4:52 PM
St Andrew East Rural candidate Juliet Holness and her husband Andrew Holness.

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

Juliet Holness, the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) candidate for St Andrew East Rural and the wife of JLP Leader, Andrew Holness, has accused People’s National Party (PNP) Campaign Director, Dr Peter Phillips of libelling her and is demanding compensation.

Mrs. Holness' lawyer Chukwuemeka Cameron has written to Phillips giving him six hours for a full and unequivocal public retraction and apology in terms approved by her.

She is also demanding an undertaking from Phillips that he will not repeat the comments.

In a letter sent to Phillips today, Holness, said Dr. Phillips raised questions about the source of the money used to fund the construction of the mansion she and her husband built in Beverly Hills, St. Andrew.

Cameron said the certain allegations by Phillips are untrue and constitute a grave libel.

He points out that Mrs Holness, who is a known real estate developer, is a person of the highest integrity fit to run for public office.

And he says she has never participated or been associated with any criminal activity.

The attorney said Phillips’ utterances amount to a very serious libel on his clients and have caused them considerable distress, embarrassment and fear for their personal safety.

Additionally, Cameron says Holness has been stymied in her efforts to raise campaign financing.

Mr Holness has also demanded an apology from Phillips, threatening legal action if he fails to do so.

READ: Phillips gets three days to say sorry for Holness house comment

Meanwhile, the attorney says there is no truth to claims that Holness’ brother, Stephen Landell, has been convicted or charged with a criminal offence in the United States or Jamaica.

He further says no one by the name Andrew Landells is connected to Holness’ St. Lucian company, Admat.

The attorney says in addition to a public apology and a retraction, Phillips is being asked to make compensation for the injury to his client’s reputation and feelings.

He is also requesting that the PNP Campaign Director pays all legal costs incurred.

Cameron says if Phillips fails to reply to the demands in six hours after receiving the letter, a legal claim may be filed against him.

The letter was delivered at noon.

However, given that the courts closed at 3:30 p.m today and will remain closed for the weekend, Cameron says he expects a response on Monday morning.