Mustapha files $5M libel suit against Norton for chicken-smuggling allegations – Guyana Times
Agriculture Minister Zulfikar Mustapha on Monday filed a lawsuit against Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton for connecting him and other senior ministry officials to a chicken-smuggling scheme from neighbouring Suriname.
The lawyers contend that Norton’s remarks suggest that Mustapha and other individuals are overseeing and concealing the smuggling of illicit chicken into Guyana; that the minister is unlawfully depriving Guyana of revenue and jeopardizing the prosperity of the poultry industry; that he is indifferent to the consequences of the illegality; that he is solely motivated to further the illegal chicken smuggling; and that he is personally benefitting from the chicken smuggling.
They said that on the same day the press statement went up on the APNUAFC Facebook page, their client and the Agriculture Ministry had issued a statement refuting Norton’s “malicious, false, and libellous” claims of chicken being smuggled.
In addition to damages, Mustapha is requesting an order directing Norton, his employees, agents, or anybody else, to refrain from publishing or causing to be published similar words that are defamatory of him; and they are asking that an order be issued directing him to take down the post, retract the statements, and issue an apology in a format and on terms approved by the court.
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