On March 20, 2014, the Sunday Express e-mailed Gerald Ramdeen, seeking to have the following questions answered. The questions were e-mailed to Ramdeen at 5.34 a.m. on March 20. A follow-up e-mail was sent at 7.36 p.m. on March 20 and at 7.07 a.m. on March 21.
On March 19 and 20, the Sunday Express telephoned Ramdeen on his cell and left several voice messages, outlining requests for comment. Calls were not returned. On March 21, the Sunday Express again tried and Ramdeen answered. The questions were posed to him, with the option they could be e-mailed.
The Sunday Express again e-mailed the questions at 7.07 a.m.
On March 25, the Sunday Express received a six-page letter signed by Ramdeen.
In the letter, Ramdeen did not address any of the questions posed to him but instead noted: “This letter is written without prejudice to the right of my client Jamal Sambury to take any action he deems appropriate, based upon legal advice he receives with respect to the actions or intended actions of your reporter, which would in effect render your newspaper liable.
I wish to make it clear that this letter is written on my own behalf, based upon the fact that your reporter sought to contact me for a comment on this matter.
Of critical importance to any report regarding this matter is the fact that the assessment of damages is yet to be carried out by the master.”