BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Monday September 5, 2016 – Prime Minister Dr. Timonthy Harris has started legal action against Opposition Leader Dr. Denzil Douglas and a local radio station for what he says were “false, malicious and libelous” allegations made against him.
The action relates to a statement which Dr. Douglas made on Freedom FM 106.5 radio last Friday afternoon, regarding threats being made against his life on the popular social media network Facebook.
In addition to airing the former prime minister’s statement, Dr. Harris said, Freedom FM 106.5 published it on its Facebook page.
“As soon as the offending publications were brought to his attention, the Prime Minister immediately engaged Thomas W.R. Astaphan QC in the matter, and after Queen’s Counsel communicated with Freedom FM 106.5…the offending posts were removed from its Facebook page,” a statement from Harris said.
“The Prime Minister’s Counsel has commenced legal action against both Freedom FM 106.5 and Dr. Douglas for the publications of these false, malicious and libelous allegations. Justice will now take its course,” it added.
Dr. Douglas has been calling for protest action against how the 18-month-old administration of Prime Minister Harris is managing the twin-island federation, as well as the crime situation and the deterioration of healthcare services.