– cites ir­repara­ble dam­age to rep­u­ta­tion and busi­ness of client

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At­tor­ney Gen­eral and At­tor­ney- at- Law, Mr. Mo­habir Anil Nand­lall, act­ing on be­half of his client, Mr. Clifton Bac­chus, the ma­jor­ity share­holder of Sleepin In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel & Casino Inc., yes­ter­day dis­patched a letter to the Editor of the Guyana Chronicle, de­mand­ing an apol­ogy and re­trac­tion of sto­ries ap­pear­ing in the state news­pa­per over the past few days that are be­smirch­ing Mr. Bac­chus’ char­ac­ter and threat­en­ing the vi­a­bil­ity of his busi­ness en­ter­prises.

Mr. Nand­lall, in his letter stated, “We re­fer to the bold and sen­sa­tional head­line, pub­lished in the Guyana Chronicle on the 17th of Au­gust, 2017, viz: “THE DUTCH CON­NEC­TION… Sleepin Casino Suri­namese part­ner was jailed for money laun­der­ing… Bac­chus quizzed about per­mis­sion to im­port slot ma­chines, pgs 2 & 4.” Nand­lall fur­ther stated, “This ar­ti­cle in­ten­tion­ally and ma­li­ciously pub­lishes a se­ries of li­belous sto­ries of and con­cern­ing our client. In fact, the en­tire tenor, pur­port and in­tent of the ar­ti­cle/s is to con­vey to the reader that our client, his com­pany and their op­er­a­tions are funded and fi­nanced from crim­i­nal pro­ceeds; more specif­i­cally, drug traf­fick­ing, money laun­der­ing and forgery.”

Ac­cord­ing t o re­ports from the Guyana Chronicle, pub­lished in bold head­lines, Mr. Bac­chus is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Special Or­gan­ised Crime Unit (SOCU). How­ever in a pub­lic state­ment, a highly dis­turbed Clifton Bac­chus re­futed the al­le­ga­tions in no un­cer­tain manner, stat­ing “From the ar­ti­cle, I learnt for the first time that I, my com­pany, and a num­ber of as­so­ci­ates are sub­jects of a money laun­der­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­ing con­ducted by SOCU, which has been ongoing since July 2016.” He adamantly re­jected these al­le­ga­tions in the Guyana Chronicle sto­ries and dis­claimed the charges, as he af­firmed his po­si­tion on what he de­nounces as base­less charges, and as­serted “SOCU has never made any con­tact with me, to date, what­so­ever. As far as I am aware, SOCU has not made con­tact with any per­son close to me in re­la­tion to the Sleepin In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel and Casino Inc.”

Mr. Bac­chus is also of t he view t hat, “… some highly placed per­son in Gov­ern­ment is ex­e­cut­ing an agenda of mal­ice and vendetta against me with the in­ten­tion of tar­nish­ing my rep­u­ta­tion, stig­ma­tiz­ing my busi­ness and jeop­ar­diz­ing my in­vest­ments…”

Mr. Bac­chus, through his lawyer, stated that the ar­ti­cles pub­lished by Guyana Chronicle i s damn­ing and defam­a­tory and as such have dam­aged his char­ac­ter and rep­u­ta­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the letter the ar­ti­cles have, “… caused him and his fam­ily im­mea­sur­able pain, suf­fer­ing, trauma and pub­lic hu­mil­i­a­tion. More sig­nif­i­cantly, the of­fen­sive pub­li­ca­tions have sig­nif­i­cantly tar­nished and ir­re­triev­ably stained our client’s busi­ness as an i nter­na­tional ho­tel. The re­sul­tant loss and fi­nan­cial dam­age are and will con­tinue to be ir­repara­ble. In­deed, can­cel­la­tions of reser­va­tions have al­ready be­gun and are ex­pected to con­tinue, un­abated.”

Mr. Bac­chus is also of the view that the Guyana Chronicle ar­ti­cles have put his in­vest­ments and the prospect of be­ing granted a Casino Li­cence in jeop­ardy. His lawyers de­clared “We must also in­form you that the afore­men­tioned pub­li­ca­tions may have also dam­aged our client’s prospects of be­ing granted a Casino Li­cense, for which an ap­pli­ca­tion has been made and is pend­ing be­fore the rel­e­vant Author­ity.”

“In short, the pub­li­ca­tion has and is likely to cost

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