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Hon. Lester B. Bird writes to the President of the Senate re: Senator Charles Accusations

December 21, 2009


Hon. Hazelyn Francis

President of the Senate

Parliament Building

Queen Elizabeth Highway

St. John’s, Antigua


Re: Objections to Foul and Untruthful Claims By Senator Charles


Madame President:

            On Thursday, December 17, 2009, during the televised session of the Upper House, Senator Elmore Charles published several foul, untruthful and libelous claims concerning me which were broadcast for all to hear. The broadcast statements would subject Senator Charles to liability for slander did he not enjoy immunity against lawsuits for statements made in parliamentary debates. The object of the immunity is not to grant a license to abuse fellow parliamentarians; in fact, all parliamentarians are forbidden to impute bad motives to colleagues.

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