Hate mail author unmasked, big lawsuit coming

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

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The author of a scathing e-mail — alleged to have libelled several top Jamaican political and business icons — has been unmasked and is about to be slapped with a major lawsuit in the United States, impeccable Observer sources revealed last night.

The "hate mail", purportedly written under a pseudonym, accused the politicians and businessmen of wrongdoing, but did not offer any evidence. It was circulated to a long list of persons in many countries.

Among the personalities libelled in the e-mail were: former prime ministers P J Patterson and Bruce Golding; Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, the chairman of Sandals Group, which includes the Jamaica Observer; former government ministers Audley Shaw (finance), Dr Christopher Tufton (agriculture, and later industry, investment & commerce), Daryl Vaz (information and development); former head of Customs and Electoral Office of Jamaica, Danville Walker, and Stewart’s son, Brian Jardim.

Patterson and Golding are known to jealously guard their image as squeaky-clean prime ministers — Patterson, between 1993 and 2006, and Golding between 2007 and 2011. Stewart has devoted his life to promoting Jamaica and the Caribbean through his Sandals resorts, and Walker, who lost in his bid to win the Central Manchester seat in the last general election, was recently appointed managing director of the Jamaica Observer.

The Observer source said the author of the e-mail was traced through the legal use of the most sophisticated technology.

"The view is that he was intent on destroying the good image and reputation of the individuals accused in the mail. The mail was sent to authorities in the US and in the Turks and Caicos Islands, suggesting a pattern of targeting certain individuals."

The US has very severe penalties for this kind of behaviour.

The source also noted that suspicion was aroused by the fact that after saying "some of the most nasty things" against the politicians and businessmen, the author had glowing words only for two persons who are both facing fraud charges.

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