Hoyte files libel suit against Luncheon, GNNL
Guyana Chronicle
October 9, 2002

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PEOPLE'S National Congress/Reform (PNC/R) and Opposition Leader Desmond Hoyte has filed a libel suit against Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr Roger Luncheon and Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL), printers and publishers of Guyana Chronicle and Sunday Chronicle.

In the Monday action, the plaintiff complained about a statement made by Luncheon at a recent press conference and published in the Chronicle last week Thursday, October 3.

Hoyte is seeking:

from the defendants, jointly and severally, a sum in excess of $1M as damages for libel concerning the plaintiff, published by Luncheon on October 2, in Georgetown, broadcast on several television stations in Guyana and printed and published by the Chronicle on page three, column three of the October 3 issue of the newspaper and an injunction restraining (firstly) the first defendant, by himself, his servants or agents or otherwise whosoever, howsoever, from further publishing the said or any similar libel and (secondly) the second defendant, by its directors, servants or agents or otherwise whosoever howsoever from further publishing, printing, circulating, distributing or otherwise publishing copies of the said or similar libel as on page three, column three of the October 3 issue of the Chronicle newspaper.

Hoyte is also asking for exemplary and compensatory damages from each of the defendants and such further or other relief as may be just, as well as costs.