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AG Threatens Lawsuit

ALLYSON-MAYNARD-GIBSON

Prominent attorney, Fred Smith, QC could be slapped with a lawsuit.

Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson has threatened to sue Mr. Smith, who was recently arraigned for causing harm.

At the time, he alleged his arrest was the result of political victimisation.

Mr. Smith was arrested on Wednesday in connection with an incident that occurred at the Clifton Heritage site on April 25.

Mr. Smith and fellow attorney Keod Smith were involved in that altercation which resulted in both attorneys later being arrested and charged.

Fred Smith was charged with causing harm to Mario Joffer.

Since his arrest, Mr. Smith has alleged that he is a political target of the government and that he was being victimized.

But, the attorney general yesterday vehemently denied Mr. Smith’s assertions and called his allegations both unfounded and untruthful.

“I can categorically say that I did not consult the prime minister in relation to this charge about which I was not consulted nor did the prime minister ever communicate with me about this charge,” Mrs. Maynard-Gibson said in a statement Sunday. “There was no “political decision at the very highest level” nor at any level. I deny this totally unfounded and untruthful allegation made by Mr. Smith.

“I also deny the outrageous allegations by Mr. Smith against me and my office including that I have “chosen to victimize” him, that I am “persecuting” him and all other such allegations against me.

“The statements made by Mr. Smith appear to be defamatory. I hope that Mr. Smith will reflect on what he said, accept that the said statements are false and publicly acknowledge this with a full and unqualified apology. If Mr. Smith fails to take advantage of this opportunity, the egregious wrong that he has committed will thereby be aggravated. In that circumstance, in consultation with my counsel, I reserve my right to take further action.”

Meantime, Keod Smith was arraigned on Friday on three charges including assaulting Mr. Smith.

He was granted $1,500 bail and his matter has been adjourned to November 20 and November 21.

Fred Smith was also granted $500 bail and his matter will resume on December 10 and December 11.

Korvell Pyfrom

Written by Korvell Pyfrom

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