Opposition Chief Shyne Barrow says the Excessive Court docket in Belize has dismissed a lawsuit introduced in opposition to him by Prime Minister John Briceño, courting again to remarks made in 2019.
The declare arose out of a press release made by Barrow on Fb within the wake of a New 12 months’s handle that was delivered by then Opposition Chief John Briceño.
Barrow responded to a speech that Briceño had made, by which he mentioned he had credible data of these within the United Democratic Social gathering (UDP) being concerned in touchdown drug planes.
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Shyne, in a Fb remark, rebutted by ensuring remarks about Briceño within the context of narco planes.
Talking at a information convention following the court docket ruling, the UDP chief mentioned the trial choose dismissed the matter on the bottom that his response was proportionate to the unfounded declare made by Briceño.
“I had gone to the lawyer common on the time, Honorable (Michael) Peyrefitte in order that we might sue him. Peyrefitte had given an ultimatum to offer the credible data that he had. He by no means it and I responded.
“The discovered Justice Younger agreed that I had the best, in accordance with case legislation, to answer his slander, to his defamation, to his accusation baseless in regards to the UDP authorities who Prime Minister (Dean) Barrow occurred to be the prime minister on the time. She agreed that I had proportionately responded to his accusation and that it was not defamation,” the Opposition Chief advised reporters.
Barrow mentioned the case might be checked out as one in all freedom of speech.
“You can take a look at this for the advantage of anybody in society having the ability to maintain any of us to account. You can take a look at it that the prime minister must be extra cautious in these utterances that the best officers had been touchdown planes. To me, that is reflective of that, as a result of had he not mentioned that then I’d have been liable if I simply got here out and began attacking him,” he added.