Owner of the Sunshine Newspaper, Jack Warner is standing by the newspaper's front page article, despite a threat of legal action from former prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
Warner posted a response on his Facebook page this afternoon, soon after the release of the pre-action protocol letter was disclosed by Persad-Bissessar's attorneys.
The following is Warner's statement:
"In spite of threats of legal action and reports in other media, the Sunshine Newspaper is standing by this week's front page story.
Former Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is suing the Sunshine Newspaper for an article in this week's edition entitled, "Kamla facing extradition to the US! - For US$20 Million in Japanese Bank".
Attorney Wayner Sturge has sent a pre-action protocol letter to the newspaper and to reporter Azad Ali, claiming that the article defamed the former prime minister.
The following is the pre-action protocol letter.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has expressed deep sadness at the passing of former Government Minister, Kamaluddin Mohammed.
Mrs Persad-Bissessar issued this statement today:
"I was deeply saddened on Tuesday night to learn of the death of Mr. Kamaluddin Mohammed.
He was a great patriot who personified service. He was also leading member of the Islamic community and dedicated his life to serving his community and our nation both as a senior cabinet minister and as an ordinary citizen.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is accusing the Government of having no plan to eliminate violence against women.
Today marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against women.
Persad-Bissessar said the PNM has no plan to tackle this issue.
She said in an attempt to score political points the PNM removed several ministries including the Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development. Mrs Persad-Bissessar said only when pressured by the
Opposition did the Government say it will reconsider this move.
The Police Complaints Authority has found evidence of serious police misconduct with regard to the Police Service’s handling of the alleged discovery of marijuana, at the private residence of the former prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
In a statement issued today, the PCA says it has completed a comprehensive investigation into the matter and has forwarded its investigative file together with a recommendation to the Director of Public Prosecutions to prosecute specified persons for the offence of misbehavior in public office on account of willful neglect of duty.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is challenging the Prime Minister over what she sees as the poor treatment of a T&T national in France.
The former Prime Minister issued a statement questioning why Dr Kris Rampersad was prevented from participating in an international conference and why she was not checked upon, following the terrorist attacks.
The following is the Opposition Leader's full statement: