From Caribbean Net News
ST. GEORGES, Grenada: The British telecommunications giant Cable and Wireless (C&W) has apologised to Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell and has settled a suit brought against them by the Prime Minister.A source in the Prime Minister’s Office told Caribbean Net News that the matter related to “damaging comments” made against the Prime Minister on a website operated by C&W on May the 18th and 19th last year.
Mitchell took legal action against C&W and a settlement was reached last Friday, April 22 2005.
In speaking on the matter, the Prime Minister said that he does not want to profit financially from the settlement and will be donating the money to charity.
Caribbean Net News understands that some of the money will go towards the rebuilding of the Fontenoy Community Centre while the other part will be paid into the treasury “to ensure that the taxes and dividends incurred during the proceeding are covered”.
Meanwhile, Mitchell will represent Grenada at a ceremony honouring a number of Caribbean countries by the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) for sustainability and the ability to cope with natural disasters.
The awardees are Grenada, Haiti and Guyana. The event is the 20th Anniversary Entrepreneur of the Year Awards which takes place on Thursday in New York.
Dr. Mitchell will travel to New York today to attend the awards ceremony where he is slated to deliver an address highlighting Grenada’s efforts to rebuild and outline some of the steps being taken to regenerate business.
The Grenadian Prime Minister is the second Caribbean leader to have won legal action against a British Corporation within the last three years.
In 2003, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was forced to make a public apology along with a financial settlement to the former Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Lester Bird when Bird took legal action against the corporation.
By Norman ‘Gus’ Thomas
Pictured: A smiling Dr. Keith Mitchell