Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has filed a lawsuit against opposition legislator Dr. Roodal Moonilal, following statements posted on social media regarding what has been dubbed in the twin island republic as the fake oil scandal.
The attorneys for Dr. Rowley, who is seeking damages for slander and libel as well as a retraction of the allegations, filed the claim form and the statement of case on Tuesday.
The attorneys are claiming that Mr. Moonilal last October repeated outside of the Parliament statements regarding the transfer of funds to a US bank.
They said the statements were made on Facebook and that as a well-known politician and attorney, Mr. Moonilal knew that the defamatory words would have attracted maximum attention from major news networks, locally, regionally and internationally.
The Prime Minister's attorneys say their client is also seeking a personal apology from Mr. Moonilal and an acknowledgement that it has been agreed that a substantial sum in damages will be paid to their client.