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Gonsalves to sue Eustace for defamation — again

Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace, left, and Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves (File montage).

Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace, left, and Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves (File montage).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, March 26, IWN — Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves says he will sue Arnhim Eustace for statement the Opposition Leader made at a New Democratic Party town hall meeting in New York on March 16.

“It is clear that Mr. Eustace is in a state of decline, the sort of things that he said,” Gonsalves said at a press conference on Monday, where he announced the pending legal action.

Gonsalves, a lawyer, said Eustace defamed him when spoke about the Prime Minister’s mother $1 million dollar account having been removed from the Building & Loan Association last year and Gonsalves investing $21,000 in the financially troubled institution in February.

“On the 16th of March, Mr. Arnhim Eustace said the following to an audience in New York and published to the world, including a radio station here. Several newspapers quoted it.

“He says this: ‘I cannot tell people to keep your money there (Building & Loan Association) when the Prime Minister’s mother’s account is removed. My conscience would not allow me to do so. I was criticised by a lot of people, you know. I don’t mind that. It should not have happened. And all this dressing up of going in to put in 21 thousand dollars is a lot of foolishness. It is an act of deceit in relation to the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and I cannot support that. And so a lot of people would have to wait until August.’”

“Well, Arnhim Eustace, you’ll have to meet me in the High Court of justice,” Gonsalves said. “You’ll have to prove to the judge that I am guilty of a deceit.”

He said Eustace’s statement is “a serious defamation”.

“Prime minister of 12 years standing, a lawyer of over 30 years standing guilty of deceit? In other words, I knew, according to him, that my mother’s account was withdrawn when I put in. And I went and put in the 21,000 just to deceive people, throw smoke in their eyes.”

Gonsalves had previously said that he did not know that his brother, who are join holders of the account with their 93-year-old mother, had cancelled the account, on the advise of a BLA director.

“Well, I will be contacting my lawyers when I return from Antigua to deal with this matter” said Gonsalves, who is slated to attend a sitting of the OECS Assembly in St. John’s.

“Because, he apparently knew something that I didn’t know on the day when I opened my account,” he further said of Eustace.

“He must stop being desperate. I know you are getting very old; you’re two years older than I am and time is running out,” said Gonsalves, who turns 67 in August.

“Time is running out and your desperation is showing man. Stop your desperation. You will pay for your mouth and I am resolute on this matter.”

Gonsalves has at least one pending defamation judgement against the Opposition Leader.

Earlier this month, lawyers for Eustace wrote Gonsalves asking him to apologise and pay Eustace $140,001 or be sued for statements he made on radio on Feb. 17. (Read story)

 

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25 thoughts on “Gonsalves to sue Eustace for defamation — again

  1. I completely agree, by all means sue Mr Eustace if you have been wronged.

    But by the same token, the members of B&L and ultimately the country on a whole has been wronged by the PM brother’s actions.

    As the Minster of Finance in charge of the FSA, that is in charge of the B&L, similar legal action should be brought about by the PM towards his brother on behalf of all B&L members. Precedent has now been set and should not be applied unevenly.

    Posted by stainlessesq | March 26, 2013, 08:27
  2. Wrere wrere wrere. Cry babies. Get on with governing the damn country and stop getting into catfights with each other. I cannot believe that two grown “MEN” are acting like they are on the “RAG” Sue me and I go sue you.. You both need to go time out. You both need e prescription..Maybe an overdose on some Seroquel XR for Bipolar Disorder.
    I will put you both to sit on the “NAUGHTY CHAIR” until you grow up.

    Posted by Rudy Little | March 26, 2013, 10:52
  3. Unfortunately Gonsalves is known as a self confessed liar. He told us himself he sometimes tells lies [his words not min]. Since then he has lied to the people of SVG and lied to parliament in parliament.

    Since he told us he was a liar, I have never believed a word that he says. Since I saw how he performed with the taechers 2004 contract, I have never believed a word he writes.

    Gonsalves put his signature to an agreement, whilst at the time knowing it to be unconstitutional and unenforceable. Then told lies to the teachers, telling them the agreement was the best agreement they ever had.

    He said “We will hunt them down until the exist no more” then denied to parliament that he ever said such a thing, but it had been recorded when he said it.

    Liars are thieves, they steal the truth. Gonsalves himself told us “show me a liar and I will show you a thief” [his words not mine]

    Liars lie to deceive, they are guilty of deception.

    Therefore is a liar guilty of deception and theft? is a man that is a self confessed and a proven liar? a fit man to swear an oath in court? is he fit to act as an officer of the court? is he fit to be a minister of government? is he fit to be in public office?

    From the time that he admitted to being a liar, which I took as a self confession, can we ever believe anything that he writes, says or does, again?

    Should any lawyer, Judge, or court ever believe anything he says under oath?

    Can a known liar be trusted in any matter?

    Lie = lie2
    n noun an intentionally false statement. or a situation involving deception or founded on a mistaken impression: she had been living a lie.
    n verb (lies, lying, lied) tell a lie or lies. or to (of a thing) present a false impression.

    lies = [verb] tells a lie or lies or to present a false impression (of a thing) .

    lying = [verb] telling or tells a lie or lies or to present a false impression (of
    a thing) .

    lied = told or tells a lie or lies or to present a false impression (of
    a thing)

    Liar = [noun] a person who tells lies

    Deception = [noun] the action of deceiving. or a thing that deceives.

    Deceive = [verb] to deliberately cause someone to believe something that is untrue.

    Deceiver = [noun] a person that sets out to deceive or that commits
    deception.

    Truth = noun (plural truths ) the quality or state of being true. Ø(also the
    truth) that which is true as opposed to false. Øa fact or belief that is
    accepted as true.

    Theft = [noun] the action or crime of stealing.

    Thief = [noun] (plural thieves) a person who steals another person’s
    property, especially by stealth and without using force or threat
    of violence.

    Am I saying Gonsalves is a liar? yes I am able to confirm what he himself told us.

    Posted by peterbinose | March 26, 2013, 11:31
  4. What about the economy?? what about job??? everything is about you. What about the real issues. How many things did you say about Sir James?? he could have sued you every Monday morning for the things you said if he wasn’t too busy doing the people’s work. This man makes me sick, he acts like a little child.Talking about Mr Eustace being desperate, But it is obvious Dr Ralph, that you are the desperate one. People are catching there tail in Vincy and all you are concerned about is your character, that you, yourself destroyed with rape charges.

    Time for you to get out of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines way. So we can start to progress Dr Ralph.

    Posted by saneblane | March 26, 2013, 12:38
  5. OK Mr Peter, don’t get too passionate and slip into a attack mode. We want the site to continue to be known and regarded for the fast, accurate and reliable news not the comments.

    Let’s just be short and accurate with the facts…. The basis of the case is the PM not knowing. Which is both ironic and unacceptable all at once.

    On one hand, As the Minster of Finance, in the Ministry of Finance, responsible for the FSA, that was responsible for oversight of B&L at the time of the subject withdrawal, he should have known about such a large withdrawal from a troubled institution. As the Minster of Finance, his responsibility as a public servant in that capacity requires that he knew this information. Claiming to have not known is therefore admitting dereliction of duty and disregard for the public’s trust.

    The only other hand, if this information was deliberately withheld from the PM by either an employee of the FSA or of the B&L, this person(s) should be publicly identified and disciplinary action taken immediately. I personally would like to believe the PM had no prior knowledge of the withdrawal. To sue is not the solution the members of B&L deserve from the person ultimately responsible. The employees of the FSA are public servants and if they have failed to provide you and the public with timely information, they should be held accountable and relieved of duty. The ball is in your court my PM, the nation awaits your play, to sue does not address the root cause and ease the hardships of those paid to be responsible and accountable.

    Posted by stainlessesq | March 26, 2013, 15:00
  6. Just as predicted in a conversation two days after Eustace talked of instructions to his lawyer and i was reminded about an hour ago by one who was there too. I said then that Gonsalves is so afraid of the courts where he made a living that he is going to dig up something from years or months back to sue Eustace. I also said that you will see both cases scheduled for the same day in court because Gonsalves don’t want to be seen as ‘taken to court by Eustace’. Eustace vs Gonsalves will be heard first then Gonsalves vs Eustace after where Gonsalves will leave the court and Eustace will have to be waiting there for the case to call and only Gonsalves’s lawyers present.

    Posted by ks784 | March 26, 2013, 19:33
  7. How can you defame such a person, with such a dreadful record of lying and untold accusations against him. Surely he has defamed himself more than its possible to defame him in as many years as he is old.

    Posted by peterbinose | March 26, 2013, 20:28
  8. Ralph is a cry-baby and should get out of the kitchen if he can’t stand the heat. His actions and behavior are close to those of a dictator. You dare not criticize him. The fact remains that the money was withdrawn and he tried to cover-up the damage done to SVG investors by investing a few dollars.
    Arnhim was correct to point out the fiasco that involves the Building and Loan outfit. Ralph […] cannot be trusted. He doesn’t have good reputation, especially since he didn’t sue the police woman for accusing him of rape. Now that’s a case he should have placed before a judge to clear his name.
    He should stop talking about reputation, because he doesn’t have one. On the other hand the issue is not about him. He has destroyed and divided the island’s economy and people. Crime has increased under his watch, and he should start doing something about that. It’s time he and Arnhim sit down and address the issues that are plaguing the island and its inhabitants. If he doesn’t, he will go down in history as the worst thing that happen to SVG.

    Posted by pvpalmer | March 27, 2013, 00:27
  9. Is it simply a matter of spite?

    spite
    1.
    a malicious, usually petty, desire to harm, annoy, frustrate, or humiliate another person; bitter ill will; malice.
    2.
    a particular instance of such an attitude or action; grudge.
    3.
    Obsolete . something that causes vexation; annoyance.
    verb (used with object)
    4.
    to treat with spite or malice.
    5.
    to annoy or thwart, out of spite.
    6.
    to fill with spite; vex; offend.

    Posted by peterbinose | March 27, 2013, 07:46
  10. Is it simply a matter of malice?

    malice

    noun
    1.
    desire to inflict injury, harm, or suffering on another, either because of a hostile impulse or out of deep-seated meanness: the malice and spite of a lifelong enemy.
    2.
    Law. evil intent on the part of a person who commits a wrongful act injurious to others.

    Synonyms
    1. ill will, spite, spitefulness; animosity, enmity; malevolence; venom, hate, hatred; bitterness, rancor.

    Posted by peterbinose | March 27, 2013, 07:51
  11. You would think that if your headline is “Gonsalves to sue Eustace for defamation — again” you would tell me when Gonsalves sued Eustace – previously. I know there was one based on some insert in a newspaper that Eustace signed on behalf of NDP. But isnt this the first one when Gonsalves is suing Eustace based on something that Eustace said? The headline leads me to think that there are a whole bunch of times Gonsalves sued Estace and I missed them…

    Posted by Zhao Gou | March 27, 2013, 11:26
  12. Is it simply a matter of spite?

    Is it simply a matter of malice?

    Posted by peterbinose | March 27, 2013, 20:55
  13. LOL@Ralph HATING CRYBABIES

    Eustace will PAY for his MOUTH.

    Peter, here is another CLASSIC EXAMPLE of who is KING LIAR of POLITICS in SVG.

    Like I told you, there is not a BIGGER LIAR in POLITICS than Arnhim Eustace.

    So while you continue to REGURGITATE your TIRED MANTRA that Dr. Gonsalves is a CONFESSED LIAR, but cannot PROVIDE ANY EVIDENCE and EXAMPLES of this, I have given examples of Mr. Eustace’s lies.

    Mr. Eustace continues to LIE when it comes to PUBLIC POLICY. This is why HE CANNOT BE TRUSTED when it comes to RUNNING a GOVERNMENT.

    Mr. EUSTACE will PAY for his TONGUE.

    In closing, like I always say, I would not HIRE Mr. Eustace and the NDP to MANAGE a MAUBY SHOP much less GOVERN a COUNTRY.

    I will leave you guys with this.

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | March 27, 2013, 23:35
    • I am in support of many things the current Prime Minister has done in the past and some things that are ongoing. My greatest criticism is the serious lack of the freedom to information and what is made available to the public.

      As a member of B&L I am deeply dissatisfied that the PM has not to date identified and fired the person(s) in the FSA for not informing him about the subject withdrawal. My investment is now tied up because of that incompetence with no subsequent repercussions not on a statement of deceit. How is suing for deformation going to address a freeze on my investment?

      Mr Vincypowa, for years i have been an admirer of your Vincentian spirit especially your posts on Island Mix website. You always tend to have insightful inputs when you don’t go off tangent with the attacks. So lets stay on track sir.

      I am not into the labeling of persons based on who said that someone else say what. I will however comment on actions and reactions to the public. This is the information age, not the name calling age. Lets encourage the Prime Minster to provide us with documents and information so we can each make our own conclusions.
      I will call a spade a spade, like having a press conference to read word for word and publish a letter sent to BBC clear his reputation but the exact contents of a letter sent to Canadian government to clear the county’s reputation is still to date a state secret.

      Mr VincyPowa, if you are up to it, take a break for the name calling with Mr Peter and lets have a fair and honest discussion.

      Posted by stainlessesq | March 28, 2013, 11:45
  14. VINCYPOWA, I never open anything that you put on here. I found tracking cookies on something you posted a couple of years ago. I advise anyone and everyone to beware opening any attachments that this false named fraud post’s. A man without fear or nothing to hide uses his own name.

    VP, Gonsalves is a self confessed liar, he is a proven liar. I have given you examples on your request, three times in the past, when I do that you just retreat into Gonsalves pocket, searching for some loose change.

    You confirmed that Gonsalves is a liar when you previously wrote “he never tells lies that affect public policy” I then gave you two examples of lies that he has rendered that affect public policy. He has even told lies in Parliament.

    Mr Chance this man on a regular basis throws up links to video and other places, he is a danger to the security of this site, and a danger to some of the people who use the site.

    Posted by peterbinose | March 28, 2013, 06:58
  15. HOW CAN YOU DEFAME AN ALREADY SELF DEFAMED MAN?

    HOW MUCH VALUE IS LEFT IN AN ALREADY SELF-DEFAMED MAN?

    MAY I SUGGEST NOT MORE THAN A BUCKET OF COW DUNG.

    WHY? BECAUSE THE MANS GOOD NAME GONE WITH THE LIES HE HAS TOLD, AND ALL THE SEX CASES HE FAILED TO HAVE HEARD IN A COURT OF LAW.

    HE MAY HAVE SOME NAME LEFT BUT ITS VALUELESS.

    ITS MY OPINIION THAT GONSALVES GOOD NAME IS LONG GONE.

    I AM CONSIDERING WRITING TO ALL JUDGES AND MAGISTRATES, JUST TO PUT THEM STRAIGHT.

    I CERTAINLY INTEND WRITING TO ALL THE REGIONAL NEWSPAPERS, TV AND READIO NEWS STATIONS, SENDING THEM A LIST OF ALL THE LIES GONSALVES HAS TOLD, A LIST OF ALL THE NAMES HE HAS CALLED PEOPLE and A LIST OF ALL THE ALLEGED SEX CRIMES HE HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF.

    Posted by peterbinose | March 28, 2013, 10:35
  16. Peter you sound like a broken record. We know Ralph tells lies, so forget about that. Let’s focus on more important issues that affect the SVG society. You and VincyPowa are like two washer women and are becoming boring with your back and forth. I am sure you two gentlemen can do better.
    Forget about Ralph and Arnhim and focus on issues and ideas that can and will make life better for Vincentians. Let’s talk about the increase in crime on the island and how best to combat it. Let’s talk about how best to protect farmers and their products, because many people are moving away from farming. How about introducing farming in the school, so the next generation will know that farmers play an important part in any society.
    Last but not least: Let’s introduce physical exercise back into the school curriculum. It can surely help to reduce the size of the young women and men in the society. Each school should have a physical instructor who can teach the youth how best to take care of their bodies and health. If things continue there won’t be enough dialysis machine to take care of the damage that’s around the corner. It’s easier and cheaper to spend the money now, to produce a healthy society, than to spend more money later, taking care of the sick.
    I am sure I saw an article where Ralph was addressing the bad eating habits of Vincentians. He’s on the right track, but he also needs to be on a diet to reduce what’s around his waist. He should surely set an example, even though only ULP supporters will follow – that’s still half of the people on the island.
    Some folks are becoming more positive with their replies and that’s good. I’d like to see what steps the DPP is taking to get Miller and the rest of his henchmen under control. This issue is very important since the police behaviour – to their own, can spread to the society. So please keep this issue on the front burner or it may disappear in the waste basket.
    To the editor: Is it possible to keep the replies to a topic on one page, so that my in-basket is not cluttered with replies from everyone on the same topic? Your previous program had the capability, but this new one generates a page for every reply covering the same topic. There must be a way to filter and append the replies to the initial topic.

    Posted by pvpalmer | March 28, 2013, 18:29
  17. Mr. Editor your program is working fine. It appears there are numerous replies and that’s why I find my in-basket packed. I will probably have to filter some topics to reduce the number of replies.

    Posted by pvpalmer | March 28, 2013, 22:18
  18. PETER, I am LAUGHING at how PITIFUL you’re.

    You’re a TOTAL CLOWN and you still do not realize it, especially with this confessed liar Groundhog Day episodes of yours.

    LOL n SMH@I AM CONSIDERING WRITING TO ALL JUDGES AND MAGISTRATES, JUST TO PUT THEM STRAIGHT.

    EARTH to PETER, COME IN PETER.

    In other words, WAKE UP out of your STUPOR!

    Which judge in their RIGHT MIND is going to LISTEN to a NUTCASE called PETER?

    Moreover, this claim of considering to write to all judges and magistrate is just a FANTASY, because it is not going to happen..

    I SUGGEST that you get OFF of FANTASY ISLAND and JOIN us in the REAL WORLD on this BLESSED ISLAND NATION called St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

    LOL@PETER’S DELUSIONS

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | March 28, 2013, 23:39
  19. Let me get back to the article in question.

    It is CLEAR that Eustace, again, has put himself in a position of a person that is NOT SUITED for leadership.

    Did anyone who have listened to that Town Hall meeting, with Eustace as the Keynote Speaker/Guest of Honor, came away feeling CONFIDENT that this man is ready to lead a nation?

    To make matters worse, he has opened himself up to being sued, again, by Dr. Gonsalves, because of his propensity to use scaremongering tactics and lies to seduce his audience into believiing that Dr. Gonsalves is RUNNING SVG into the ground, which is far from the case, and the only person and party that can turn things around are Eustace and the NDP.

    At that very meeting, Eustace finally changed his tune of claiming that SVG has had FOUR CONSECUTIVE YEARS of NEGATIVE GROWTH, this despite the IMF, the Eastern Caribbean Bank and the Caribbean National Bank saying otherwise.

    So even on something as serious as the economy, Eustace was LYING to the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, all because of trying to score cheap political points.

    Eventually, he had to ADMIT, INDIRECTLY of course, because he NEVER EVER will CONFESS that he was DECEIVING the PUBLIC, that he was LYING when he said that the ECONOMY of SVG has DECLINED for 4 consecutive years.

    How can anyone TRUST this man when he so BLATANTLY LIED to the PUBLIC on something so IMPORTANT as the ECONOMY?

    That said; St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the only OECS nation that has had TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS of POSITIVE GROWTH, in the last two years, despite the hardship the region and the world have been enduring because of the GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS.

    One has to give kudos to Dr. Gonsalves and his government for keeping the ship afloat during this economic crisis.

    Mr. Eustace, as the saying goes, FOOL AH TAWK, but NUH FOOL ah LISTEN. Therefore, the only persons that you can fool with your lies and deception are the dwindling voices in SUPPORT of you as leader of the NDP.

    I EXPECT you to LOSE LEADERSHIP of the NDP at some POINT this YEAR.

    Mark my words!!!

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | March 29, 2013, 00:23
  20. PVPALMER, you are quite right many people like yourself and VINCYPOWA know that Gonsalves is a liar.

    Some admit publicly that they know Gonsalves is a liar, like you and VINCYPOWA.

    There are many that don’t care about Gonsalves being a liar, like VINCYPOWA.

    There are many that don’t believe that Gonsalves is a liar, regardless of the fact that Gonsalves himself told us he was a liar.

    There are still many people who don’t yet know that Gonsalves is a liar, so its important that we educate these people about Gonsalves.

    Mr. Ralph E. Gonsalves has from time to time said a number of things that have long been in the public domain.

    “I sometimes tell lies”

    “show me a liar and I will show you a thief”

    “we will hunt them down until they exist no more”

    “I only work Obeah for the Lord”

    Of course he has said many more pretty silly things, but these take the ticket because of the importance of such statements to the people of SVG.

    Posted by peterbinose | April 4, 2013, 09:05
  21. Hold on here!… Ralph [was accused of raping a] police woman. Why hasn’t he taken [his accusers] to court? Is he afraid the police woman may have to testify in court and the truth – the whole truth and nothing but the whole truth, will be revealed?
    The fact remains that $1 million was withdrawn from his mother’s account – Ralph himself said so, so where is the beef? How can this be a stain on his character?
    People can safely say Ralph is a liar, because he stretches the truth, just like he stretches the completion of the airport, every time he opens his mouth. Let’s be honest that darn thing will not be completed in 2014 or even 2015. He knows this and so do all his supporters. Yet they make excuse about how folks are against the airport. The problem is not the airport, but the lies Ralph keeps spouting about the airport.
    He should be honest and tell Vincentians the truth. I can remember him saying the airport will not cost Vincentians a cent. He was right it’s now costing every Vincentian a dollar – like the new advertisement said, “every dollar counts”. I must congratulate this guy and others in their efforts to raise money for the airport, but it will never be enough. I hope the money collected is not used to feed the Cubans KFC.
    Money for the airport was to come from Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, T&T and many other countries. This was the reason given to Vincentians, so they won’t have to worry. Many people swallowed the bait (line, hook and sinker), except Arnhim. He has always maintained that it will cost Vincentians the shirts on their backs and he was right. He has more knowledge than Ralph, about financial issues. He has much more credibility than Ralph and I will trust him in the mauby shop – not Ralph. Ralph is a stranger to the truth.

    Posted by pvpalmer | April 8, 2013, 01:20
  22. VincyPowa many people were calling for Arnhim to step down, including me, but not now. He is the only person who could lead the island out of the financial tsunami. Vincentians are realizing that Arnhim was right all along. He’s not a politician, but he’s an honest man. That’s a quality missing from many of the candidates seeking power.
    I don’t care for politicians because they are thieves and liars. One can never trust anything they say. I would rather go with an honest man than a politician.

    Posted by pvpalmer | April 8, 2013, 01:36
  23. Gonsalves should tell the NDP party and the people what that sort of action was that when his mother’s 1 million was removed from the B&L and he injected 21000 on behalf of his daughter, was it : deception, allabi, trade off, exchange,large scale capital protection? The opposition party and the people of SVG has the right to know instead of him talkimng about suing Eustace. If those judges want to believe that Gonsalves didnot know any thing about the removal of his mother’s 1 million from B&L then SVG justice system needs an outside investigation. Some body has to get the Prevy counsel involved.

    Posted by profdasilva | May 27, 2013, 14:53

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