Friday, January 19, 2018

Warner to pay $220,000 in defamation suit

LEADER of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack Warner, was today ordered to pay Councillor in the Chaguanas Borough Corporation Faaiq Mohammed $220,000 in damages, after he accepted liability for accusing the young politician of corruption following last year's Local Government Elections.

In addition to the award of damages, Warner was also ordered to pay Mohammed's legal cost in the sum of $42,000.

The judgement was handed down at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain this afternoon by High Court judge Justice Vashiest Kokaram.

In the judgement, Kokaram said given that Warner had accepted liability for making the statements, it was clear that Mohammed was falsely accused of being corrupt.

The allegations made by Warner came after Mohammed after he voted for the United National Congress' (UNC) candidate for the post of presiding officer at the first meeting of the Chaguanas Borough Corporation.