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Leader of the Opposition, Allen Chastanet has expressed content over the recent results of a court ruling involving, Minister for Tourism, Hon. Ernest Hilaire. In March of 2017, Hilaire filed a lawsuit, claiming that Chastanet had defamed him when he made remarks regarding, the appointment of Dr. Walid Bin Ahmed Al-Juffali as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Saint Lucia to the International Maritime Organization.

According to statement release by the defendant’s legal team, on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, the Privy Council ruled in favor of Chastanet, “comprehensively rejecting the arguments advanced for Dr. Hilaire.”

The statement went on to claim that Mr. Chastanet felt completely relieved of any wrong-doing by the verdict.

“This unimpeachable ruling also has clear implications for the viability of Dr. Hilaire’s defamation claim, which the Board hinted might be largely if not completely time barred by virtue of section 8 of the UK Defamation Act” the statement read.   “Mr. Chastanet’s position was completely vindicated by this landmark decision, and he will be assiduously pressing the High Court for a speedy resolution of this baseless claim.”

These statements on Chastanet’s behalf come after Ernest Hilaire had expressed his displeasure with outcome of the case.

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Quinn St. Juste

Quinn St. Juste is a young journalist, with a background in Tourism Management. He has a passion for social and commerce related topics.

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