PRESS RELEASE Corbin sues Duncan and Kaieteur News for damages Office of the President General Guyana Labour Union Georgetown, Guyana 8 December, 2007
Corbin sues Duncan and Kaieteur News for damages
Mr. Robert Corbin, Leader of the People’s National Congress Reform and Leader of the Opposition in his capacity as President General of the Guyana Labour Union filed a libel action on Wednesday (December 5th), in the High Court against Mr. Carvil Duncan, General Secretary of the Guyana Labour Union and the National Media & Publishing Company Limited (Kaieteur News).
The writ claims damages in excess of $50,000 (fifty thousand dollars) for libel contained in the Thursday November 15, 2007 issue of the Kaieteur News, published by the Defendants at page 6 under the caption, “War of Words erupts in the Guyana Labour Union (G.L.U), Corbin, Troyer not authorised to transact union business – Duncan …”
Following the filing of the action Corbin applied by way of affidavit for an ex parte injunction restraining Duncan and Kaieteur News from further repeating or publishing the said libel.
In his affidavit for ex parte injunction Corbin contended that he was a member of the GLU for over 27 years, having joined the Union since 1979, that he performed legal services for the Union and that his financial status was confirmed by the General Secretary of the Union on several occasions, orally and in writing.
Corbin is also claiming aggravated and exemplary damages since in his affidavit; he contends that Duncan willfully and maliciously caused Kaieteur News to publish the falsehood which has caused him harm as a political leader in Guyana and leader in the Guyana Labour Union.
As a result of the aforesaid application, the High Court issued an injunction restraining Kaieteur News and Duncan from publishing by themselves, their servants and/or agents from further publishing or causing to be published the said or similar words of and concerning the Plaintiff and in the way of his office of President-General of the G.L.U.
The injunction was served on Duncan and Kaieteur News yesterday (Friday December 7th).
Office of the President General
Guyana Labour Union
8 December, 2007
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