KNOW YOUR LAWS: Defamation

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KNOW YOUR LAWS: Defamation

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  1. LIBEL

(1)     A person commits the offence of libel who, by print, writing, painting, effigy, or by any means otherwise than solely by gestures, spoken words, or other sounds, unlawfully publishes any defamatory matter concerning another person, whether living or dead, either negligently or with intent to defame that other person.

(2)     In the case of a dead person, it must be alleged and proved that it was done with intent to bring contempt on his or her family and relatives and so provoke them to a breach of the peace.

  1. DEFAMATORY MATTER DEFINED

(1)     A person is defamed if matter is imputed to him or her who amounts to a crime, or which imputes to him or her misconduct in any public office, or which is likely to injure him or her in his or her occupation, calling, or office, or to expose him or her to general hatred, contempt or ridicule.

(2)     In this section “crime” means any offence punishable on indictment under this Code, and any act punishable on indictment under any enactment within the jurisdiction of the Courts, and also any act, whosesoever committed, which, if committed by a person within the jurisdiction of the Courts, would be punishable on indictment under any enactment.

  1. PENALTY FOR INTENTIONAL LIBEL

A person who is convicted of intentional libel is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for 5 years.

  1. PENALTY FOR NEGLIGENT LIBEL

A person who is convicted of negligent libel is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for 2 years.

  1. DEFAMING OR INSULTING THE CROWN

A person who, with intent to bring the Governor-General into hatred, contempt or ridicule, publishes any defamatory or insulting matter, whether by writing, print, word of mouth or in any other manner concerning the Governor General is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for 5 years.

“We, the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force would like to encourage the citizenry to read and study the laws which governs our society. Never forget that knowledge is power”.

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  1. Knowing those laws is only 1/1000000th (0ne millionth) of the battle. The bulk of the battle is with a legal system that is as ancient and inefficient as a prehistoric attempt at invention.

    WERRRRRD!

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  2. These laws are for colonial bondage, and are on the books solely for the benefit of our past slave masters, of the old plantation days, and those we have voted for, these new ones holding government and political titles.

    See how Kenny did not think that the existing bondage laws were good enough. He did just like his mentor and idol Fidel Castro did in Cuba. He allegdely muzzled the local press.

    Saint Lucians are real succors for punishment. They accept slavery instead of freedom every chance they get.

    After this, the SLP dek-deks re-appointed him leader AGAIN!. Now that the economy has collapsed he and his minions are almost everyday in the press, telling us how it is rebounding, poised for growth, and he is optimistic.

    Somebody must have told him that all Saint Lucians are complete idiots.

    Now SLP is trying with this, another round of naked intimidation.

    Nothing is below these country bucks. They have nothing to offer this country's people but misery and open hostility.

    It is poring down over our heads and coming out of our ears. So much for better days!

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