Minister Without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, with responsibility for land, environment, climate change and investments, Daryl Vaz, is threatening to sue People’s National Party’s (PNP) communication director Colin Campbell for defamation.
Vaz’s attorney Queen’s Counsel George Soutar has written a letter to Campbell, seeking a public retraction from a social media post, that it is understood he made in a PNP WhatsApp group.
According to reports, the post made damning allegations against Vaz, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Group CEO of GraceKennedy Don Wehby, Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson, banker Curtis Martin and a prominent financial institution.
Soutar claimed that the post was similar to a tweet that Campbell made on another social media platform, Twitter, earlier on Thursday. He said in the letter, since Campbell published the defamatory statement in the WhatsApp group, others have also circulated it on social media.
Vav, through Soutar, wants Campbell to publicly apologise via social media and in both national newspapers, as well as discuss compensation for the damage the post has caused.
The letter warns Campbell that Vaz is expecting a response within seven days, or he will take the matter further and start proceedings in the courts. The letter was given to Campbell at his home on Saturday, with a copy sent to PNP president Dr Peter Phillips.