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Court fight

MARIA BRADSHAW, [email protected]

Court fight

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Sir Elliott Mottley QC is suing former Prime Minister Owen Arthur for defamation based on an incident at the height of the election period last year.

The lawsuit, which was filed in the High Court last July, is a result of a press conference held at the Barbados Today media house ten days before the May 24 General Election, in which Arthur alleged that Mottley was given a tax waiver on sums of $1 031 284.37 and $20 587.91 owed to the Inland Revenue Department in 1995 when his daughter, now Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, acted as Minister of Finance.

Sir Elliott is represented by Roger Forde QC, while Arthur is being represented by Vernon Smith QC, and Hal Gollop QC.

In the lawsuit, Sir Elliott, who is president of the Court of Appeal of the Turks and Caicos Islands and Honorary Legal Advisor to the British High Commissioner in Barbados, is seeking damages, including aggravated and/or exemplary damages for the defamation and an injunction refraining Arthur from publishing or causing to be published the same comments, among other things. (MB)

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