This morning the attorney for Mrs. Juliet Holness filed a defamation suit against Dr. Peter Phillips for statements made by him and associates of the PNP political machinery between 13 -16 February 2016.
In addition to the defamation claim, Mrs. Holness, through her attorney Chukwuemeka Cameron, is asking the Court to determine whether Dr. Phillips breached the rights of Jamaican citizens to a free and fair election in launching a media campaign based on false statements with the intent to mislead voters.
“This lawsuit goes much further than merely seeking damages for defamation,” commented Mrs. Holness. “More importantly, it seeks to preserve and defend our cherished democratic process. It is imperative that we protect the dignity of free and fair elections for which our forefathers fought and sacrificed throughout our history.”
Furthermore, concerns were raised as to whether Dr. Phillips abused his office as Minister of Finance and Planning by knowingly making false statements in an attempt to influence the outcome of the 2016 general elections.
In closing her comments, Mrs. Holness stated, “Never again should the state apparatus be used in such a vulgar manner at the expense of the rights of Jamaicans.”
Dr. Phillips has 14 days to file an acknowledgment of service and 42 days to file a response.
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For more information please contact:
Attorney for Mrs. Holness
Senator Kamina Johnson Smith
Jamaica Labour Party Spokesperson