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First loss for Alvarine Burgess and Channel 5 Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

alvarene burgess.jpg - 33.10 KbIn November of 2013 Alvarine Burgess came out like a whistleblower on Channel 5 against Hon. Edmund Castro. At the time, she was claiming that she took visa applications for him to give recommendations and in exchange she brought thousands of dollars to the minister. Well she was asked to prove what she was saying but she never did. Despite multiple warnings for her and the TV station who was entertaining her to desist, they continued to impugn on Hon. Edmund Castro.

Because of their obstinate stance, they were met with a lawsuit by Hon. Castro; both Burgess and Channel 5 were taken to court. The matter went into case management and on Monday, June 10, Justice Courtenay Abel heard Channel 5 and Burgess’ attorney, Godfrey Smith, as he attempted to have the matter struck out.

Godfrey Smith submitted that the news station was insulated from the law suit under the prevention of corruption in public life law; specifically section 35 of the act which gives immunity to anyone who make a complaint to the integrity commission about wrongdoing. While the report was indeed made, attorney for Hon. Edmund Castro, Rodwell Williams, pointed out that the report was made after Burgess and Channel 5 had aired the offending remarks.

Chief Justice Courtenay Abel heard Smith’s application however it was denied and instead opted to hear the entire matter in court. Now it is left to be seen if both Channel 5 and Alverine Burgess actually have any evidence of what they were claiming about Hon. Edmund Castro.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 15:46