Submitted by Mark Jones
Who are the common denominators in these matters of meetings set up to meet with Benedict Peters to secure campaign funding and so to the setting up of the meeting with Hugo Chavez to secure campaign funding that former Prime Minister Owen Arthur had the good patriotic sense to refuse to attend?
Well if you heard Owen Arthur’s press conference last week he confirmed that both Mottley and Hartley Henry were the persons who wanted him to visit Dominica to meet with Hugo Chavez to mortgage out our foreign policy for campaign funding which he bluntly refused to be part of and now this more recent confirmation by Benedict Peters lawyer Haynes that confirmed the meeting tòok place with Benedict Peters and Mottley, could campaign funding which most likely is common to both meetings, is this grab for campaign funding so vital that Mottley was prepared to sell out our island’s foreign policy for campaign funding ?
And we are still not sure what Benedict Peters was looking to secure in exchange for his Nigerian money but what ever it was he expected it came at a significant cost to him and nearly at a cost to we Barbadians.
We await a full explanation from Mottley on this and also on the Wire tapping and eavesdropping and a file named POLITICAL, as we await further information as to where she qualified as a Lawyer if she did indeed qualify as it is a known fact that she does not own a Legal Education Certificate therefore we need to know if she did the year of Pupiliage in the UK to become a Registered Barrister who qualified in the UK, we also await her response to the waiver of $ 87 mil tax giveaway to Barclays Bank and her half a million dollars waiver and tax give away to her father, we also await her response to the matter of Four Seasons.
According to the EFCC, an investigation that began in 2016 showed that Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former petroleum minister; Bernard Otti; Aiteo Energy Ltd; Northern Belt Oil and Gas Company Ltd and others were involved in conspiracy, stealing and money laundering amounting to $300 million.
Mr. Peters is the chairman of both companies, according to the EFCC.
This man Benedict Peters seems to have a mindset to try to affect political outcomes see an extract from a newspaper article.
Mr Benedict Peters is wanted by the agency for allegedly giving $60m to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, as a part of the $23bn bribe in the last polls.
LESLIE F. HAYNES, Q. C.
“Ellangowan”, Strathclyde Drive,
Strathclyde, St. Michael
Tel: (246) 437-8924 Fax: (246) 426-2049
13th May, 2018
The Honourable Mr. Chris Sinckler BY EMAIL AND HAND
PRE-ACTION PROTOCOL LETTER
Re: Benedict Peters
I act for Mr. Benedict Peters, a Nigerian international businessman of the highest
repute. My client is a Christian and a major financier of the Gospel of Christ. He has
nothing to do with Islamic radicalism and actively combats Islamic terrorism globally. My
client is the Executive Vice Chairman of Aieto Group and complains that, on Sunday, 6
May 2018, at the launch of the Democratic Labour Party’s election campaign at the Netball Stadium, you defamed him to the assembled audience and persons watching the event on the Internet. My client has seen and heard your speech on the Internet and he is outraged by your allegations, insinuations and innuendos.
In particular, you alleged that my client met with “the leadership of the Barbados Labour Party at the Hilton Hotel” and the said leadership was seeking to get money from my client. You further suggested that my client was “funneling money into the Barbados elections just like the Russians were putting money in the American elections”. You categorically stated that “Nigerian money is trying to influence the outcome of the election” clearly suggesting that my client is the source of such money.
Most egregiously, you made references to Boko Haram, a notoriously renowned
Islamic terrorist organisation, and so interspersed references to my client by name as to suggest that he is involved with that organisation.
In their natural, ordinary and innuendo meanings, your words mean and were understood to mean that –
(a) my client is seeking improperly to influence the outcome of the 2018
(b) he is providing large sums of money to the Barbados Labour Party for the purpose of influencing the outcome of the said elections;
(c) he is associated with a terrorist organisation;
(d) he is a criminal or has criminal propensities and/or is associated with Boko Haram, an Islamic terrorist organisation that kidnaps school girls;
(e) he is anti-democracy and is prepared to use his money for the improper purpose of influencing the outcome of elections.
The words used by you are completely false, baseless and malicious. They constitute a serious and grave defamation of my client personally and professionally.
They have caused my client great hurt, distress and international embarrassment. My client has never contributed or offered to contribute money to the Barbados Labour
Party, its leader Ms. Mia Mottley or any political or other organisation in Barbados.
He instructs me that he met with Ms. Mottley while on a family vacation in
Barbados and the two discussed global affairs and investment opportunities in Barbados and the wider Caribbean. Furthermore, that since that meeting, back in September of 2016, he has not met with or had any contact with Ms. Mottley or any member of the
Barbados Labour Party (BLP). Indeed, he does not today have a phone number, email address nor other direct contact information for Ms. Mottley or any member of the leadership of the BLP, and, has definitely not contributed, in cash or kind, to the campaign of the BLP, neither before nor since that meeting in September 2016.
I call upon you on or before 15 May 2018, to withdraw and retract the defamatory statements and their imputations made by you and apologise to my client in terms to be
approved by me, for your defamation of him.
If you do not comply with the demands in the preceding paragraph, please be advised that my client will forthwith take such action against you as he may be advised including commencing proceedings in the High Court of Barbados for damages, an injunction and legal costs. In the meantime, my client reserves all
his rights in this matter.
Leslie F. Haynes Q.C.