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Zane DeSilva sues Pat Gordon Pamplin over press release

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Shadow Health Minister Zane DeSilva has launched legal action against Minister for Health and Seniors Patricia Gordon-Pamplin over comments made in an April press release.

A writ filed by Charter Chambers on June 24 lists Mr DeSilva as the complainant and Ms Gordon-Pamplin as a defendant.

The writ does not further specify the reason for the legal action, however it is understood that the matter is related to comments made by Ms Gordon-Pamplin in an April 20 press release in relation to FutureCare.

The Royal Gazette cannot republish the press release for legal reasons, but Mr DeSilva alleged it made false and foundationless accusations against him which damaged his reputation.

He publicly called for Ms Gordon-Pamplin to issue a complete and unequivocal retraction and apologise for the release, but no such retraction has been released to date.

While Members of Parliament have absolute protection from allegations of libel and slander while speaking in the House of Assembly, statements made outside the House are not similarly protected.

Health Minister Pat Gordon Pamplin
Shadow Minister for Health Zane DeSilva

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Published July 02, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated July 02, 2013 at 1:55 am)

Zane DeSilva sues Pat Gordon Pamplin over press release

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