Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is on a roll.
Just as reports were revealed of his legal threat to the Express newspapers, for what he claims were defamatory comments made in an article about his handling of the firearms user’s license (FUL) applications, now comes another story, in which he is threatening action against two Facebook users.
Their comments about him were in relation to the ongoing investigation into the Drugs Sou-Sou (DSS).
According to Griffith, Mark John Hamel-Smith, of Bay Road, St James, and Kenlee Ramoutar, a security guard from Couva, posted statements in the comment section of Facebook posts from daily newspapers on Griffith’s recent vacation during the probe.
Both social media users suggested controversial reasons for Griffith using his vacation leave at the time.
Griffith’s attorney Joel Roper, claimed that the statements were direct personal attacks on Griffith, designed to tarnish his reputation.
He said: “We wish to make it clear that your allegations are baseless, unfounded, and untruthful…As such, to publish such words against the COP is defamatory, having no justification or truth that would warrant publication of such a statement.”
Roper added: “In so doing, you have subjected the COP to ridicule, hatred, and contempt in the wider national community and have lowered him in the estimation of his colleagues, professional associates, and the public,” Roper said.
Griffith is willing to settle the issue before it reaches court if they are willing to issue retractions, apologies and give undertakings to not repeat the defamatory comments.
The duo was given 14 days in which to respond to the lawsuit threat and indicate if they are willing to settle.