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Dominica foreign minister files defamation lawsuit

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domicaAs a result of allegations that have continued to circulate that Dominica’s minister for foreign and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) affairs, Senator Francine Baron, misappropriated funds that she received but were designated for the Dominica Disaster and Development Fund, Baron has filed a claim for defamation against opposition leader, Lennox Linton, talk show host Angelo Allen and local radio network Q95, who reportedly alleged that she received US$10,000 in Malaysia while she was Dominica’s high commissioner in London in 2014.

Back in February, Baron wrote to the three parties demanding they apologize for defaming her character and that they each pay US$10,000.

Speaking on state-owned DBS Radio, Senior Counsel Tony Astaphan indicated that, since those demands were not met, Baron has decided to file a lawsuit.

“Well, enough is enough. This thing has been going on now for over two years and Senator Francine Baron decided enough was enough. She wrote, they did not apologize. They continued the campaign after she wrote them and she has sued,” he said. 

Both Baron and Astaphan contend that the accusers have failed to provide any reliable evidence or done any research on the matter but rather embarked on a smear campaign.

“She intends to claim significant damage because the real vileness of the allegations against her was that the photograph on which the 



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