Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, has filed a lawsuit against Television Talk Show Host, Christopher Hunte and Choice Television, over the publication of material which Francis alleges to have been defamatory.
The material is alleged to have been broadcast during Hunte’s television programme – Politically Incorrect.
Attorney at Law, Horace Fraser, who is representing the Castries Mayor, told St Lucia Times that the publication made allegations of corruption against Peterson Francis.
Fraser said the programme basically accused the Mayor of being a thief.
“We don’t think that in the publication Mr. Hunte was careful in checking the facts before he made that publication,” the Attorney at Law observed.
“In particular, he had a section of the publication entitled ‘Speculation’, and it was indeed speculation when he had some gentleman who claimed to be a Councillor, which meant that he had information, and he proceeded to say a number of things against the Mayor which really had no foundation,” Fraser stated.
He explained the extent of damages in the case would depend on the Judge.
“It not a case where you can say what sort of damages would apply. It’s a matter within the Judge’s own discretion and purview,” Fraser noted.
Both Hunte, who was on air at the time, and Choice Television were not immediately available for comment.