Sue him! – TT PM instructs attorney to sue Opposition legislator

Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has instructed his attorneys to sue a legislator with the main opposition United National Congress (UNC)  for defamatory statements reportedly made at a UNC rally on Saturday.

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Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley

In a statement, on Sunday, Rowley said he had taken note of “utterly vile and derogatory statements made by the candidate sanctioned on a national UNC platform.”

“There is absolutely no room in Trinidad and Tobago for statements which have sinister and divisive undertones”

— Statement from Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley

“These offensive statements are a continuation of the UNC’s campaign which specifically targeted the Honourable Prime Minister in the run-up to the 2015 General Election.

“There is absolutely no room in Trinidad and Tobago for statements which have sinister and divisive undertones and seek to describe the Prime Minister as having committed a heinous crime,” said Rowley.

Based on this, Rowley has instructed his attorneys to sue Devon Thomas, the candidate for Febeau/Bourg Mulatresse as soon as the Local Government Elections have concluded.

Devon Thomas (Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday/website)

The Prime Minister issued the instructions ahead of Monday’s Local Government poll in which over 1.07 million citizens will vote for rep­re­sen­ta­tives for 139 Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment dis­tricts. 

A to­tal of 339 can­di­dates from sev­en po­lit­i­cal par­ties, in­clud­ing eight in­de­pen­dents, are con­test­ing the polls.

The  PNM and Op­po­si­tion  are field­ing full slates of 139 each. 

While other parties – The Con­gress of the Peo­ple, Move­ment for So­cial Jus­tice, Move­ment for Na­tion­al De­vel­op­ment, Port-of-Spain Peo­ples’ Move­ment (PPM) and Na­tion­al Trans­for­ma­tion Par­ty are con­test­ing only in cer­tain ar­eas.

— CMC