The lawyers had written to Hillary Shillingford demanding a “prompt reaction and an apology in terms to be agreed by him and his attorneys”.
The lawyers gave Shillingford a deadline of July 5 at 12:00pm and also demanded payment of compensation and costs.
It was also noted that if Shillingford failed to meet the demands, a lawsuit would be filed.
The lawyers also demanded a retraction and apology from the management of the radio station Q95fm .
The radio station was given the deadline of July 7.
The legal team said if this was not done, legal proceedings will also be instituted against them.
According to the head of the Skerrit’s team of lawyers, Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan, during a radio programme June 27, Shillingford made statements that implied that the Prime Minister abused his office.
“The words meant and were understood by the listeners of Q95 Radio on live radio and via the internet to mean that our client misused and abused the office and Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and unlawfully in breach of his duties, diverted and used public moneys and in particular moneys intended for use at the Princess Margaret Hospital, for the illegal and unlawful purpose of paying for the transportation of supporters in the Diaspora to travel to Dominica to vote.”
These allegations are not only completely false , disc hones and lies manufactured by you, but are premised on a factual impossibility,” the lawyers said in a letter to Shillingford.
In an interview with the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), Astaphan said the Prime Minister has now decided on “zero-tolerance”.
“The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica has decided that after many years of tolerance and patience and non-stop smear campaign against him by the leader of the United Workers Party and his supporters and members that he appoints through various commissions – he has decided on zero tolerance on matters such as this.”
Astaphan said the Prime Minister had no alternative to instruct his legal team to write Shillingford and a case will be filed in a matter of days
“This foolishness must stop – this prostitution of the freedom of the media, freedom of press and freedom of speech that you can use it as a platform to manufacture lies ad spread fake news and false news repeatedly has to stop. – somebody has to take action , and we are moving forward,” Astaphan said.
- Countries: Dominica