Sunday 18 August, 2019

Phillip Edward Alexander ordered to pay $775,000 in defamation suit

Phillip Edward Alexander, political leader of the Progressive Empowerment Party

Phillip Edward Alexander, political leader of the Progressive Empowerment Party

Phillip Edward Alexander, political leader of the Progressive Empowerment Party (PEP), has been ordered to pay $775,000 in damages for defamatory statements he made about businessman Andrew Gabriel in 2017.

In her ruling, Judge Carol Gobin ordered Alexander to pay $525,000 in General Damages and $250,000 in Aggravated Damages.

The Judge also told Alexander, who represented himself, that the case was not as he perceived it, about truth, justice and a better country for all. 

"The case only confirms the limits of two important constitutional rights, the right to freedom of expression and the right to the expression of political views and it has long been established that these rights are not absolute. They do not trump the laws of defamation," she said. 

Gobin said Gabriel's evidence of the injurious effect of Alexander's campaign on himself, his family, his wife, and children were compelling. 

She said during the proceedings, Alexander never claimed to rely on the truth of his utterances or rely on a plea of justification. 

"He produced no statement of fact in his defence, no evidence in his witness statement to establish the truth of his several utterances against the claimant. They remain ugly lies and the law does provide for consequences," the judge said. 

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